Facing the End of Life
A reality not discussed by physicians and pastors is how to help people facing and dealing with end of life issues. You may not be aware, but physicians and pastors are not trained to talk with patients as they face death.
I gained some insight into this issue as I dealt with my daughter, Tonisha, battling a cancer that eventually took her life.
During her battle, she made the decision to take control of the remaining time by fulfilling her bucket list.
Physicians should be honest about what can be expected from modern medicine and pastors should be a source of comfort for patients to make peace with God as they face death. They are often alone when the end of life is imminent.
Talk to your physician and your pastor about your desires and needs when you face the end of life.
Your opinion matters.
Thaddeus J. Bell, MD
I am Dr. Thaddeus John Bell, closing the gap in health disparities for African Americans and the underserved.
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