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One Million Reasons to Reimagine End-of-Life Care

May 16, 2022   |   STAT
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The magnitude of loss from Covid-19 — 1 million-plus deaths, many millions more grieving loved ones who have died, the country’s social fabric in tatters — is incomprehensible.

Life expectancy in the U.S. has fallen by two years since the beginning of the pandemic. This is the largest decline in almost a century, driven mainly by deaths among people under age 60. Many of these can be classified as “bad deaths.”

As a physician who advocates for better end-of-life experiences, I wonder how the pandemic has changed our relationship with death. Has proximity to so much sickness and death made us…

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Authors

Shoshana Ungerleider

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