Questions that face dying individuals, their families, and the professionals that help them at the end of their lives are explored in this volume. The contributors help the reader to come to terms with issues of mortality complicated by the diversity of cultures within society.
Chapter 19: Talking to Patients about Death and Dying: Improving Communication across Cultures
Talking to Patients about Death and Dying: Improving Communication across Cultures
Death is inevitable and universal, yet many individuals and families are uncomfortable with the dying process or end-of-life discussions. Cure is of utmost concern. Yet, when it is not possible, it is incumbent on practitioners to acknowledge the dying process and to help patients and their families through it. Although health professionals are in a unique position to help people through this intense period, they are not exempt from the difficulties of dealing with death and dying. This is understandable given that health care professionals come from the same death-avoiding society as their patients and often are uncomfortable with the topic themselves ...