Case, N. (2011, May 15). Doctors find it hard to say the dying word. CBC News. Retrieved 2011, July 12, from http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/good-death/story/2011/05/10/f-milestogo-language-of-dying.html.
This article reviews doctors reluctance to tell terminal patients that they are dying. Rather then using clear, strong language, doctors often express that patients are in a “bad spot.” While doctors use this language to cushion the blow to patients and to assuage their own sense of defeat at not being able to help someone, it often proves a greater detriment to patients as they do not realize what is really meant. Doctors will often try treatments that they know to be ineffective rather then telling the patient that they will not recover, which often means that patients do not have a chance to come to terms with their “end-of-life” journey.