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Name of Primary Doctor and contact information: phone numbers and email and answering services.
Name of Primary Specialist and contact information: phone numbers and email and answering services.
The doctor has a unique role as the provider of unbiased information based on facts, but he is also a person who may orchestrate the creation of a team of other professionals to provide care and guidance for the patient, family and loved ones.
Doctors feel uncomfortable with mortality. They are not educated about death. Doctors have financial disincentives and feel they are at the end of what they can offer.
Doctors have different levels of compassion and empathy, yet each doctor could do a better job with their patients and families at the end of life.
A good death is hard to define but may include:
- Feeling of peace
- Loose ends tied up
- Emotional support and love present
- No extreme medical measures taken
- Being in accordance with the patient's wishes
A bad death makes itself known.
Grieving for friends and family is facilitated by a good death.
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