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Never Visit a Dying Person

The importance of visiting the person, not their disease or prognosis
December 13th, 2023

“Never visit a dying person,” begins bereavement specialist Virginia A. Simpson, Ph.D., writing in Next Avenue.  Simpson tells of a sick friend who appreciated her visitors, but because they no longer saw her as the person she still was, they treated her differently.  “The message is this: Visit the person, not their disease, diagnosis or prognosis.”

Simpson did just that with Sharon, another seriously ill friend.  “For the next ten months, I visited Sharon every week or so.  Always arriving with no preconceived agenda, I let our time together unfold with Sharon leading the way.  Although we did simple things, against the backdrop of diminishing time, each moment filled itself with profound meanings and connections.”

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