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Couldn't find that old thread about euthanasia and dying (bring back advanced search) but this New Yorker article is worth reading, if you have the strength. An oncologist who often bears bad news struggles with the issues. I was going through some of this stuff with my father, exactly two years ago, and much rings true. The author describes the trauma of watching his own father die, and being told by the attending physician "it's tough, kid." Things have not come a long way since then.