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Rapid response to:

Views And Reviews

Yes, doctors need to talk about dying, but what if patients start the conversation?

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: (Published 05 November 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k4648

Rapid Response:

Facing Death

Facing death is life's final and most frightening challenge. What will happen to us? Will we disappear, or will we enter a new dimension and be reunited with dead loved ones? And what will happen to loved ones we leave behind? Will they be able to cope with losing us? Will they miss us, or will they just forget us? Alas, we're mortal and can't answer these questions. So we pray and place faith in our Creator who names, maintains, and reclaims us. Amen.

Competing interests: No competing interests

06 November 2018
Hugh Mann
New York, NY, USA