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Published:October 10, 2021DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amjmed.2021.08.039
      This time was different. Like many other physicians, I have been called on to address audiences in various settings—to groups small and large, in conference rooms formal and informal, and in locations nearby and far away. But everything about my presentation on this day was discombobulating: I was standing at a pulpit, not at a podium, and in a massive church, not a medical conference room, and I was looking at a standing-room-only crowd of hundreds of people dressed in suits and dresses who, unlike me, were people of color. Although the setting was foreign to me, my presence there was no mistake. My patient, who I will call Beatrice (a name that means “to give joy”), a remarkable woman in her 40s, had died, and her husband had asked that I speak at her funeral. I felt both deeply honored and completely out of my comfort zone.
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