By ED MARTIN
RIPR – Often our instinct is to think of death as dark, macabre, even sinister. After all, death means loss and saying goodbye to the most precious people in our lives. But as Ed Martin notes in this encore essay, being intimately involved as a loved one departs from life as we know it can be a privilege as well, one that enriches our lives in ways we might not have imagined.
Dr. Ed Martin has been medical director at Home and Hospice Care of Rhode Island since 1987. He also heads the palliative care consultation service at Rhode Island Hospital and the Miriam Hospital. Dr. Martin is a clinical associate professor of medicine at the Brown Alpert School of Medicine, where he has been teaching about hospice and end of life care for the past 21 years.