“Physicians are trained that death is failure. Our entire western system of hospital-based training tells us to avoid letting people die. This is not the same in other parts of the world where death is considered a natural occurrence, not a feared event.
These conversations make physicians feel like failures, especially if the diagnosis is a bad one. I am encouraging my colleagues to relax this concept and realize that death is a part of life. This is not an easy task as most physicians have been indoctrinated towards life “over all” for many years. If death is failure, then we fail royally every day!”