7 things this GP learnt from dying patients

These patients have shaped Dr Craig Lilienthal's understanding of the inevitable process of death

I find it sad that when I was at the front line, dealing directly with dying patients, I was young, inexperienced and naive.

Holding hand

I am now old, experienced and hopefully, a little wiser. Unfortunately, as I now only a play a transient role in the support of my dying patients, I have little opportunity to use my accumulated knowledge.

I have seen so many patients over the years. I remember some clearly, their deaths having shaped my understanding of this inevitable process. They don't haunt me; rather, they mould my values. 

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