As you can see from our cover and table of contents, we are devoting this December issue of Critical Care Nurse to Families. In the midst of the holiday season, when we not merely acknowledge but warmly embrace and share gifts with those who nurture our lives, it seems an apt time to reconsider critically ill patients within their larger, social context as well. To that end, this issue offers articles relating to the role and participation of family members of the critically ill at both the beginning and end of life, as well as at the times in-between.

Because this is the holiday season and you are our family, it also seems an opportune time to let you know that we care about you and how well we serve your needs for communicating timely and relevant information related...

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