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Has the medical world forgotten how to help people die? New technologies have made it possible to prolong life, even at the cost of that life being one the patient wants to live. As Jessica Nutik Zitter began her medical career, she noticed that she had no preparation for the important decisions patients needed help making at the end of life. As a result, she became deeply interested in what has come to be known as palliative care, which helps patients balance questions of quality and quantity at the ends of their lives. She went on the found Vital Decisions, a phone based service patients can access to help make these critical decisions. Hear how she strikes this balance and what we all need to keep in mind as we someday face our deaths. (…) Read More Here