Life's lessons from the dying


By the week's end she had deteriorated further. Jack sat, as usual, by her bed his right hand resting on hers. I explained the process of dying and said that I did not think it would be long. There was a pause. Finally Jack looked up at me and asked "Doctor, can't you give her a needle?" I had heard the question before. I knew that the sentence would end with "a needle to end her suffering". But the sentence did not end that way. The sentence ended in a way that was so different and unexpected - Dr Frank Brennan (palliative care physician)

Life's lessons from the dying