If one of my loved ones were near death, I'd want to be there while the doctors tried to save her life.

Seeing chaotic last-ditch efforts to save a relative's life is not for everyone. But now, a majority of hospitals offer such access — and many people are choosing to be there.

The movement is called "family presence (search)" and is driven mainly by nurses who see it as more compassionate. Better access to information and witnessing for themselves the measures taken, they argue, often help survivors through the grieving process.

It would be far better than agonizing in the waiting room, waiting for news.



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