Thursday, February 8, 2018

An Article On Death I've Published Elsewhere…

A piece I wrote about death, specific deaths, and their impact on my medical practice and myself has recently been published in Hektoen International: A Journal Of Medical Humanities. To check it out click here: “Endings.”

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  1. Susan, This piece about death,"Endings," is brilliant and poignant. Because you command the language with such finesse, the reader is pulled even further into your already gripping tale. The power of attachment that some of us have for one another, and the disturbance that accompanies the loss thereof, is so vividly described here. Beneath all this is, of course, our griplock attachment to life itself. Personally, I don't believe you were insensitive to anyone in posting this description of your experiences. Even though we might be jarred by the pain of what you recount, in the end, the portrayal and your disclosure of these anxieties and sorrows can provide the comfort of shared grief. The dread of death and loss of loved ones often includes a component of loneliness. You provide a bridge of recognition here plus the bond of shared suffering. Having experienced much loss, I was riveted by your words and felt gratitude.

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    1. Thanks so much for thinking to write this, for your kind words about the piece, and most of all for going beyond me into the terrifying nature of death itself.

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  2. Thank you for this beautiful article about grief. It is universal, but it is also very moving to learn how you have been affected by grief in life and on the job. I've often worried how my friends and relatives who are doctors and nurses are affected by the suffering and deaths of their patients. I've asked at least one of them, whose answer was deeply moving, like yours. She said she concentrated on the good she could do, knowing her skills would make a difference for them even if they did not pull through. I know she cried sometimes, though.

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    1. Thank you so much. I wish I could always accomplish that instantaneous shift from my own reactions to the good I could do.

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