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Communicating at the end of life

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I do find that silence is important, don't interject, don't chit-chat because you're nervous, if a patient does open up to you and start talking to you about concerns or worries they have about dying, then let them speak, show you are listening through body language/active listening and ask appropriate questions to allow them to speak about everything they want to. They may feel more comfortable talking to you, as a professional, about their concerns about death and dying than their families and it is important to discuss these concerns with them, even if all you can say is "I'm not sure but I'll find out/get someone to come and talk to you about it". Having someone just sit and listen might make them feel much better. I think the appropriate use of therapeutic touch can also be very important as holding someones hand might make them feel comforted.

Posted date

18 October, 2011

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11:04 am

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