Cover image for article: Facing the Fear: Working With Dying Patients

Many healthcare professionals are uncomfortable discussing death and dying with their patients. They often try to hide their fears and remain professional. Their unspoken fear about death is not surprising as most western societies do not encourage an open discussion of death. Healthcare providers who are willing to face their fears and risk being vulnerable do a great service to themselves, their co-workers, and those they care for. They are able to provide supportive, objective, and compassionate care that eases the suffering of people who are in their final days of life.
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