INSIGHTS ON DEATH & DYING: Last chance to say good-bye

February 2004 
Volume 34  Number 2
Pages 73 - 74
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© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Volume 34(2)             February 2004             p 73–74 Last chance to say good-bye [INSIGHTS ON DEATH & DYING: FAMILY RELATIONS]


Joy Ufema pioneered the role of death-and-dying specialist at Harrisburg (Pa.) Hospital in 1973. She's currently clinical specialist at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air, Md., and at Harford Memorial Hospital in Havre de Grace, Md.

I work in an inpatient hospice and feel honored to be at the bedside during our patients' final hours. Many times I've witnessed a terminally ill person cling to life until a special relative arrives, then die a few minutes later. What should I say when a relative is unable or unwilling to visit for a last good-bye?—P.L., ONTARIO

Always the truth.

I recall working with an angry young man at our AIDS hospice. Justin ...

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