Category Archives: Death and Dying

The Crescent Moon

Remembering Christie Perkins by Alan Sanderson, MD On a cold morning a few months ago I walked from my car at the end of the parking lot to my office. I passed by the cancer clinic and the outpatient infusion … Continue reading

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Sometimes It Won’t Get Better

Doctors want to help people and fix things, but we are frequently confronted by our own limitations by Alan B. Sanderson, MD She came to my office complaining of right hand weakness and severe, constant, distressing pain in her right … Continue reading

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What Is Death?

What do Mormons believe about death, and how does this affect the way we live our lives? by Alan Sanderson, MD One of my patients died a couple of weeks ago from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). He was a wonderful … Continue reading

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Memories of a Mentor

The cardiologist with a big heart, John M. Stang, MD by Alan B. Sanderson, MD Lately I have been thinking about John Stang, MD, one of my teachers and mentors during medical school. I am proud to call him my … Continue reading

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Where Is the Pavilion?

A story of family faith and tragedy. by Alan B. Sanderson, MD My grandfather wrote in his autobiography: “Sometimes a storm seems to blow up out of nowhere, a tiny cloud on the horizon which brings rain, hail, and winds … Continue reading

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Is Life Fair?

“The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord” (Job 1:21). by Alan B. Sanderson, MD Diagnosing brain death is never an easy experience, even when the medical facts are relatively straightforward. The … Continue reading

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The Works of God Made Manifest

Disease can be one of God’s most powerful refining tools. by Alan Sanderson, MD. Adapted from remarks given at the funeral of Stewart C. Sanderson, 30 July 2016. Some of my favorite stories about Uncle Stewart involve Mount Timpanogos. The … Continue reading

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