The Case of Pat: Unprepared to Talk About Dying

The Case of Pat: Unprepared to Talk About Dying


Pat B. had never talked with her father about dying. Even when he was older and had remarried after her mother’s death, there seemed no opportunity conducive for such a talk. Her mother had died of cancer at age forty-nine after a long struggle, and Pat had assisted her father in her mother’s care and mourned with him at the continuing stream of testing and probing that her mother endured. But even that experience did not occasion any reflection on dying between them.