Why Some Doctors Struggle With the End of Life

December 8, 2014 6:32 PM

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Recently an increased awareness of the end of life has been dawning in the U.S., as evidenced by some relatively new grassroots movements spreading across the country: Green Burial, Home Funeral, Death Midwifery, Death Café, Death Salon, Death Over Dinner, The Conversation Project, Death Expo and other internet sensations, such as the "Ask a Mortician" video series and "Confessions of a Funeral Director" blog.

Yes it seems that everywhere we look today new conversations about death and dying are occurring -- everywhere, that is, except between doctors and their patients. Studies demonstrate that doctors' willingness to talk about this difficult subject lags behind the societal trend toward more openness a...

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