I wanted to leave a comment on here about your article. I have been in nursing first as an aide and then as an LPN. When I started working in nursing, I worked in a LTCF in my small town. You get really close to the residents. The first time one of my patients passed away was very hard, but that is not why i wanted to write this. Recently my father passed away, he was not very old but he had lung cancer. He suffered for so long. Prior to his death, he was placed on a vent. It was very hard for us to see him like that. The nurses in the ICU were wonderful to my dad and us. It is not just the LTC facilities that deal with death. We have frequent flyers in the hospital that i work at that really affect us all.