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Less Is More
September 2014

The Many Stories of My Mother’s Death

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  • 1Dr Bascom lives in Portland, Oregon
JAMA Intern Med. 2014;174(9):1430-1431. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.12205

Of the many stories of my mother’s death, this one is the easiest to tell. “My mother had a good death. My mother died shortly after her beloved primary care physician, with tears in his eyes, removed the CPAP machine that kept her alive just long enough for us to gather at her bedside. My mother died to the sound of music. She died as we sang the songs that accompanied our family road trips and camping adventures more than 40 years before. We had no trouble remembering the words.”

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