Show Summary Details
Page of

Communication at the Time of Death 

Communication at the Time of Death
Communication at the Time of Death

Marlene E. McHugh

and Penelope R. Buschman

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD MEDICINE ONLINE ( © Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Medicine Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 18 October 2021

Effective and compassionate communication is vital in palliative care, especially at the end of life. Using a family systems perspective, this chapter explores communication as the therapeutic thread woven through the fabric of grief over the trajectory of the patient’s illness and beyond the patient’s death for the family. It discusses communication with families in person and by telephone when death is unexpected. It reviews significant barriers to end-of-life communication with vulnerable populations, such as those with sensory motor and cognitive deficits, severe and persistent mental illness, and developmental disabilities. It notes the importance of communication among advanced practice registered nurses to enhance their self-awareness.

Access to the complete content on Oxford Medicine Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.