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The health-care promises we cannot keep

Debra Hallisey and her parents, Don and Doris, celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. (Courtesy of Debra Hallisey) 1513985 1513985

“We want to give loved ones who are sick or dying everything we think they want — but we can’t,” said Barbara Karnes, an end-of-life educator and hospice nurse based in Vancouver, Wash. Events can render these promises impossible. “We have to figure out a way to forgive ourselves.”

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