Re: "Doctor's miracle was to die at home, amid love" (TNT, 3-2).
It brings tears to my eyes as I remember Dr. Stu Farber's kindness after my mother, Pat Spooner, died in January 1996. He had me come in after I called and wanted the easy fix to get pills to dull my pain. He sat down with me, took his time and talked to me as if we were the only two people in the world.
I walked away without the drugs. I was taught how to deal with my grief. This allowed me to make all the final arrangements, plan the reception, and deal with family and friends.
I hope he knew how much he helped me. Did I thank him that day? I'm really not sure as my grief was overwhelming.
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Soon after, Dr. Farber began his life work in palliative care at the University of Washington. I am a grateful former patient and was sorry to hear about his death. His was a life cut short, but well lived.