A Human Touch | Mindy Utay

January 28, 2015 6:06 PM

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In her touching essay, Margo Rabb compares the recent death of her beloved cat, Sophie, with that of her mother, who died 24 years ago after a devastating diagnosis that ended her life in less than two weeks. Rabb describes her mother's death as "unbearable" due to a lack of privacy in the hospital and the indifference of doctors and hospital staff. Rabb's experience at her mother's bedside left her traumatized and her grief made was made worse by feelings of guilt about whether she could have done more to keep her mother comfortable in her final days.

And then there's Rabb's beloved cat, Sophie, who died three months after her diagnosis, in the care of a compassionate and caring veterinary team, who allowed time for the family to grieve and provided words of empathy and reassurance.

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