Family members who were allowed to watch emergency health workers try but fail to resuscitate a loved one appeared to cope better in the months after the death. A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine today found those family members had fewer symptoms of anxiety and depression months later. The results of the French study also showed that the presence of family members did not interfere with the care.

On “Grey’s Anatomy,” doctors steer family members out of the hospital room when they call a code blue and start performing CPR on a patient because it’s just too upsetting to watch. But in real life, doctors should be inviting family members to observe their attempts at cardiopulmonary resuscitation, researchers say.

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