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Doctor explains why he checks dead patient's Facebook before notifying their parents.

Louis M. Profeta MD explains why he looks at the Facebook accounts of dead patients before talking their parents.

This article originally appeared on June 5, 2019

Losing a loved one is easily the worst moments you'll face in your life. But it can also affect the doctors who have to break it to a patient's friends and family. Louis M. Profeta MD, an Emergency Physician at St. Vincent Emergency Physicians in Indianapolis, Indiana, recently took to LinkedIn to share the reason he looks at a patient's Facebook page before telling their parents they've passed.

The post, titled “I'll Look at Your Facebook Profile Before I Tell Your Mother You're Dead," has attracted thousands of likes and comments.

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