Coping With the Fear of Dying Alone
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Primary Changes: Updated for readability and clarity. Reviewed and added relevant resources. Revised “Why Do We Fear Dying Alone?”, “Why We Shouldn’t Fear Dying Alone”, and “How to Overcome the Fear of Dying Alone”. New material written by Silvi Saxena, MBA, MSW, LSW, CCTP, OSW-C and reviewed by Kristen Fuller, MD.
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Reviewer: Rajy Abulhosn, MD