Advanced Illness

Advanced Illness: Holding On and Letting Go

Introduction

Our culture tells us that we should fight hard against age, illness, and death: "Do not go gentle into that good night," Dylan Thomas wrote. And holding on to life, to our loved ones, is indeed a basic human instinct. However, as an illness advances, "raging against the dying of the light" often begins to cause undue suffering, and "letting go" may instead feel like the next stage.

Grief and Loss

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