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February 23, 2009

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Kairol Rosenthal

I think there is a fine balance that doctors need to find, and your mother-in-law's obviously has not. On the other side of the spectrum are doctors who are not realistic with their patients about their mortality and don't let them know about the help that hospice can provide.

Unfortunately, the average stay in hospice prior to death is only 6 days. I say unfortunately because most families usually end the process saying, "I wish we had done that sooner!" What most of us know if it is the gory end, but it can be an incredible support for months and months prior to demise.

My idea of hope is a day when doctors can communicate to us clearly what the realistic expectations are for our length of life ahead and then discuss with us options for how to make the best of that time.

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