In the first post of this series, I was ruminatingÂ about a patient who had a rapid decline in health and social circumstances, culminating in a recent scan that showed the possibility of cancer even while he was struggling with homelessness. It was a bleak situation that caught me off guard because I was not expecting it and was grieved to think of what it would be like for him to die alone.
He has since died.
There is a picture and a story making rounds on the internet about the grief of physicians. An EMT snapped a photo of a young ERÂ doctor who lostÂ a 19 year old patient. The photographer states that shortly after, the physician walked straight back into the ER. Â The picture is a moment of isolation in grief by a caretaker, and the original forum for the imageÂ is filled with thousands of commentsÂ that range from encouragement toÂ echoes of similar moments by healthcare professionals and family members whoÂ continue to grieve death. [Read more…] about Failing Faithfully: Created, Fallen, and Waiting