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Doctors have to deal with death every day. It’s not easy to come to terms with it. from www.shutterstock.com.au

How doctors are taught to deal with death

Teaching students to care for the dying requires specific skills that the student may not encounter in their ordinary clinical teaching.
People who unexpectedly lose a loved should be identified early enough and appropriately counselled. Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters.

What can be done to improve treatment for PTSD after a loss

The unexpected death of a loved one is a traumatic experience. It's important to identify high risk individuals to provide counselling and social support.
Medical assistance in dying has been legal in Canada since July 2016, but there are no ‘specialists’ responsible for doctor-assisted suicide and many doctors are overwhelmed with requests. (Shutterstock)

Who will be the doctors of death in a time of assisted suicide?

More than 2,000 Canadians have chosen medical assistance in dying (MAID) since legalization in 2016. But palliative care doctors aren't embracing assisted suicide as part of their job.
Detail from a statue of the Virgin Mary cradling the body of Jesus (15th-century Slovenia). For many centuries, the pain that could accompany dying was seen as punishment for sin and ultimately redemptive.

When a ‘good death’ was often painful: euthanasia through the ages

For centuries, in Western societies, 'euthanasia' referred to a pious death, blessed by God. The pain that could accompany dying was seen as ultimately redemptive.
Commemorations to honour those who have donated their bodies for the study of anatomy not only contain symbolic objects like candles and flowers, but also song and online tributes. from www.shutterstock.com

Medical schools are shaking off a dark past by honouring people who donate their bodies to science

We've come a long way since the dark days of grave robbing to provide bodies for dissection. Now, there are ceremonies and memorials to honour people who have donated their body to science.
In Western society, endless reiteration of grief in speech is not generally acceptable. Songs can allow this to happen. shutterstock

Singing death: why music and grief go hand in hand

From spontaneous mass singing after a terror attack to Irish laments, music reflects the painful, complex and laborious task of mourning.
Making death masks of notorious criminals was common in the 19th century, such as this cast of murderer William Burke at the University of Edinburgh’s Anatomy Museum. David Cheskin/PA

What we can learn from death rites of the past will help us treat the dead and grieving better today

Saints' relics, locks of hair, the laying of flowers: keeping the dead close took many forms in the past. We could learn from them today.
Existential suffering refers to an individual experiencing a lack of meaning or sense of purposelessness in life. Zack Minor/Unsplash

Viewpoints: should euthanasia be available for people with existential suffering?

Imagine this situation: a person has no medical illness but wishes to end his or her life purely because he or she no longer wishes to live. Should they be eligible for euthanasia or assisted suicide?

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