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A compassionate complaint about hospital care made a difference

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 05 January 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:g7823

But thy eternal Summer shall not fade (Shakespeare Sonnet 18)

Grieving is bittersweet. At first, we are overwhelmed with the shock and bitterness of losing a loved one. But after a while, after the shock starts to wear off, we begin to reminisce about the sweetness that we shared with our loved one. Still later, after the bitterness and sweetness begin to recede, we start analyzing our relationship with our loved one, and come to new understandings. Since the grieving process is lengthy and complex, but productive, we should give ourselves ample time to go through the whole process and come out a better person. 

Competing interests: No competing interests

11 January 2015
Hugh Mann
New York, USA