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Letters What to say when patients may die

Conversations around death are a privilege and responsibility that must not be taken lightly

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: (Published 08 November 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6393
  1. Aruna Maharaj, acute physician
  1. Worcestershire Royal Hospital, Worcester WR5 1DD, UK
  1. amaharaj{at}

Oliver discusses the importance of end-of-life conversations, which can be quite poorly handled.1 As consultants we have to manage complaints from relatives in mourning who felt ill informed of their loved ones’ impending death.

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