Social media are changing how patients and the public view and talk about death and dying, as evidenced by the number of people following NPR reporter Scott Simon as he chronicled his mother's final days from her ICU room. "Even before we had social media, we were beginning to see the story lines of 'I have cancer and this is what it's like to go through the treatments,'" said palliative and hospice expert Dr. Christian Sinclair. "Social media encourages a lot more of that."

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