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Care in the final days - an important lesson for all

Care in the final days - an important lesson for all

Marian Grant’s piece (“Dying badly despite all my efforts,” Aug. 31), detailing her mother's care at her end of life reminds us of a universal truth. The last days and hours of a loved one’s life are, or will be, indelibly etched in each of our memories. We may lose track of the longer medical history leading up to death, but we never forget the very specific details of how care was rendered in the final days.

A second truth, illustrated in Ms. Grant’s piece, is the solemn responsibility family members have to ensure that every aspect of end of life care helps...

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