To Come Full Circle

Ruth Kannai, Aya Alon

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This story is a reflection on the concept of friendship and forgiveness, on belief in change and the difficulty in letting go. It is presented through the story of two elderly patients, sisters-in-law, next-door neighbors and friends, treated by the same family physician. A trivial argument causes a rift between the two, severing a 60-year friendship. Five years later, as one lays dying in her home, the physician, accompanied by her nurse, attempts to reconcile between the two. The article includes the physician's reflections on this process, her role as a “multi-system” physician in these patient's lives and its impact on her work.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1619-1620
Number of pages2
JournalPatient Education and Counseling
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2017


  • Friendship
  • dying
  • family physician
  • forgiveness
  • good death
  • guilt
  • home visit
  • letting go
  • palliative care
  • reconciliation
  • regret
  • suffering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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