Listening to a Care recipient (cr) express the fear of dying can help the cr move through the fear

Try: #when listening to the cr understand that the cr’s fear of dying is not something you have to fix it’s something to listen to and accept #just listen being pre-occupied with coming up with your response may get in the way #let the cr know you are listening by re-phrasing what has been said not in a mechanical way but with caring attentiveness #if the cr is a person of faith connecting with the cr’s beliefs may be a source of comfort consolation and hope but don’t force the language of faith on the conversation as this may lead the conversation into conventional rather than personally truthful paths #contacting a clergyperson if the cr wishes may be helpful in dealing with fear of dying but it is important to remember that not all clergy people are equally comfortable with death and dying hospitals and hospices often employ clergy people for whom this is a specialty #if anxiety regarding the fear of dying is causing the cr undue stress contact the cr’s doctor to discuss an evaluation and possible medication

Materials: People caregivers non-judgmental attitude loving attentive listening respect for where the cr is

Categories: Spiritual, Verbal Communication, Good Verbal Comm, So-So Verbal Comm, Cognitive Awareness, Fully Aware, Somewhat Aware

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*This information is listed as a Tip and is not explicitly medically licensed

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