I attended a tele medicine ethics conference yesterday. Mine was the only remote site attending.

A Hallmark death is

at home
attended by family
expected and imminent

A survey of Veterans Administration patients reveals that a Hallmark death is not the universal ideal.

Some veterans would prefer a Hallmark death.
Some would prefer to "go out fighting" and would fight every step.
Some would prefer a sudden, no warning death.

Conflicts between families of grievously ill patients and medical personnel often related to differences in assumptions about a "good" death.


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