Attend a Funeral

Attend a Funeral

It doesn’t matter if you are new to medicine or more experienced, we will all be faced with a situation where a patient we are caring for dies.  Regaining your strength when this occurs is a challenge.  Depending on the situation there may be sadness, inadequacy, fear and loss of self-confidence.  Allowing yourself to feel these emotions and move on is critical.

If the patient is a person that you were close to or felt a connection, don’t be afraid to attend their funeral.  It can have a profoundly restorative effect upon you. Your presence can provide peace and closure to the family as well.

I’ve never regretted going to a funeral, but I have regretted not going.  Consider attending the funerals of those patients who were special to you.  It will enhance your practice and life personally, as well as professionally.

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