Many patients only want to reconnect with their estranged family—relationships that keep troubling them until the end, as if they are looking for closure. Most patients will not move on if something troubles them.
As of now a doctor’s legal duty is to make every attempt to save life even if it means disregarding the patient’s clear instructions to allow natural death. Most Indian healthcare professionals are never trained to recognise and respond to end of life care (EOLC) needs or to provide even basic palliative care. This lack of a systematic approach or of training is seen at all levels: doctors, nurses, counsellors, administrators, etc.