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Preparation is the key to death being our friend

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 17 January 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e436
  1. Melanie R Lovell, palliative care physician1
  1. 1HammondCare, Sydney Medical School, Greenwich Hospital, Greenwich, NSW 2065, Australia
  1. mlovell{at}

Everybody dies. I remind medical students of this and explain that dying well is not only important to the person, but also to the care giver—psychologically and physically.1 2 3

The deaths of people who accept their situation and use the time before death to heal relationships, cement their legacy, and prepare themselves for …

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