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We like to talk about a good death – but how often does this really happen?

A few weeks ago, on my way to see a patient in the hospital, I ran into a cardiologist who I like a lot. We have cared for a few patients together—people whose hearts had failed so severely that he didn’t have anything useful to offer them anymore, and they were transitioned to the palliative care unit, where I work, to die.