|Source: NY Times|
The article explores the idea that it has become obligatory for some people with terminal illnesses to work like dogs during their final months or years. For these patients, this may be their definition of a 'good death', perhaps with psychological benefits.
I am by no means an expert on the psychology of death and dying, however, I have witnessed this phenomenon in at least one terminally ill patient, who never let go of the trade and practice that made his life meaningful and rewarding. In the end, his work eased his suffering. I have given a lot of thought to this patient and have written a reflective essay which will likely publish in the Fall edition of the Medical Literary Messenger.
We can learn a lot from our patients.