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'Regrets of the dying should influence end of life care'

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definitions from the COED 11th Ed isn't empathy the more appropriate for the nursing profession in the provision of dignified therapeutic care compassion n noun sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others. ORIGIN Middle English: via Old French from ecclesiastical Latin compassio(n-), from compati 'suffer with'. empathy n noun the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. DERIVATIVES empathetic adjective empathetically adverb empathic adjective empathically adverb ORIGIN early 20th cent.: from Greek empatheia (from em- 'in' + pathos 'feeling') translating German Einfühlung. USAGE People often confuse the words empathy and sympathy. Empathy means 'the ability to understand and share the feelings of another' (as in both authors have the skill to make you feel empathy with their heroines), whereas sympathy means 'feelings of pity and sorrow for someone else's misfortune' (as in they had great sympathy for the flood victims)

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19 June, 2011

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11:26 am

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