There are lessons in every experience—death, like life, can have purpose and meaning. For us, an important lesson has been the realization that as physicians and family members, we are in a unique position to lobby for change; we have only to seize the opportunity. Our shared experience has engendered in both of us a deep commitment to fostering a dialogue among health professionals on the patient–physician relationship. Recently, at a leading university medical center, we took our first step by participating, as representatives of a patient's family, in a discussion on end-of-life care. Present were faculty and housestaff representatives from internal medicine, surgery, family practice, anesthesiology, and medical education. A distinguished leader in the field had been invited not only to participate in the discussion but also to lend his voice to this effort for the day. The result was a constructive exchange of ideas and personal experiences, and a commitment to finding new ways to teach future clinicians the art of communication. We plan to support and participate in similar activities at other institutions, perhaps someday at the hospital where our father died. By sharing our father's story, we hope to spare other families the agony of reliving our experience. We know that he would have expected nothing less from us.