One of the hardest challenges we face in life is the death of a loved one. But what we usually don’t see, is how breaking this devastating news to someone can be emotionally taxing for doctors as well. They are the first ones to see the suffering families and yet must to remain calm and professional.

Recently, Louis M. Profeta, an emergency physician at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, shared a sad and touching story about breaking the news to a parent that their child didn’t make it. Scroll down below to read the full story and learn why he always checks the Facebook profile of the patients that he loses. Be prepared to shed a tear or two! (Facebook cover image: PhotoSpirit)

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A doctor revealed that he always checks the Facebook accounts of his dead patients before breaking the news to their parents

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In a heartbreaking open letter, the doctor explained why he feels it is his duty to “learn just a little bit” about his former patients

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The doctor also described the devastating feelings that he faces whenever such a tragedy strikes

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To some people, the open letter was not only touching but also eye-opening