The New York Times
December 21, 2011
The patient needed hospice care, but the system simply wouldn’t allow it unless we were certain that she would die within six days.
All of us will at some point come to this pass; we will all need a place to die. It’s not easy to think about, but it is true. We can turn away from that hard fact, try to stall death, even bend it to our will for a little while in the I.C.U. Or we can face that most difficult of life’s trials and ask ourselves how to make it easier.
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