Tag Archives: end of life communication

The Messenger: Doctors and End-of-Life Conversations

How can healthcare professionals learn to better communicate about end-of-life issues with terminal patients?

How do you tell someone that they’re dying? Telling someone they have a terminal illness is a regular part of the job for some doctors. Yet, the folks behind the Alive Institute initiative believe that many healthcare professionals aren’t adequately … Continue reading

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Our Weekly Tip: Anticipate Your Need for Support

Organize your grief support system in advance of transitions

Our Tip of the Week: If you are anticipating the expected death of a loved one, or if you love someone who will die (which includes all of us), establishing an inner circle of supportive friends, family and community resources well … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Final Gifts: Understanding the Special Awareness, Needs, and Communications of the Dying” by Maggie Callanan and Patricia Kelley

Two hospice nurses explain nearing death awareness

Maggie Callanan and Patricia Kellley, the authors of “Final Gifts,” are hospice nurses with years of experience in the care of dying patients. In the course of their experience, they noticed that people close to death began to communicate their … Continue reading

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