Go gently, pleaseBMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7360.397/a (Published 17 August 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:397
- Liam Farrell, general practitioner
- Crossmaglen, County Armagh
One of our most solemn duties is to confirm that life has fled away into the darkness and can no longer claim any pension entitlements. Sometimes this can be easy, like when there's no head, but sometimes it can be a tough call, and once I got it very wrong.
I had known Jimmy many years ago, so when I saw his widow I went over to pay my respects. I was embarrassed that I hadn't attended the wake (de rigueur …