End of Life Family Communication

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End of Life Family Communication…

People naturally find it awkward and uneasy with the opportunity to discuss the end of life. However, it is important to talk about matters regarding death. The discussion needs to highlight the formative role of family interactions. It helps with the dying process and funeral ceremonies.

Family communication is the key between the terminally ill, family members, and health care professionals. So far, research shows family communication at the end of life is very relevant. Every individual experiences death and losing a loved one. Thus far, ultimately, they face the reality of their own death. When taking a communication point of view on dying and death, it often highlights the verbal and nonverbal messages. So, clinical attention to communication at the end of life plays a key role. It helps to improve health, psychological, and relationship outcomes. So, it helps those dealing with the dying process and death too. Thus far, it may help the terminally ill and the family members.

Communication Challenges

End-of-life communication may be full of challenges. Many cultures possess a belief to avoid discussions regarding the death and dying process. There are many reasons suggested not to discuss such topics. They may be fear, religious beliefs, cultural norms, or family views. Thus far, it is mostly a taboo subject to discuss.

Another reason for such topics to be uncomfortable is because such communication requires a skill. It takes practice, and generally many people lack experience with end-of-life communication. Thus far, when such interactions take place, it is often private. It may be a closed-door discussion too. Hence, it is not surprising most individuals feel awkward about such communication.

Thus far, end-of-life communication beforehand may help remove the stigma that may surround the subject of death. So, talking about the death of the terminally sick person may relieve the anxiety for the participants. Often, it may help to ensure that final wishes in regards to treatment at the end of life are honoured.

Grieving Process

So, the grieving process often begins with the final conversation between the terminally ill and the family members. Hence, the grieving process begins while the loved one is still present. It may help in many processes. Thus far, it helps the family to move on without any regret after death because there may not be anything left that is unsaid. So far, it helps individuals to grow from such experiences.

Focusing on the family at the end of life brings to the forefront the importance of family members and their interactions. It helps in many ways while grieving. Mostly the family members are the primary caregivers to the terminally sick. Thus far, they spend the most time with their loved ones. So, it impacts an individual’s daily routines and interactions throughout the end-of-life journey.

So, family members are the ones who deal with the outcomes following the death of the loved one. Therefore, they have the biggest investment in their communication in the final stages. Thus far, family members are crucial at the end of life because they are key decision-makers. It is their responsibility to fulfill the loved one’s final wishes. Finally, family members are the primary contacts to communicate with healthcare and palliative care staff. Hence, they discuss the care and health decisions that may surround the end-of-life journey.

Dying Process

So, the end-of-life journey is not taken alone. It is a memorable journey that is taking place in the company of loved ones and family members. It may include the healthcare professionals too. Thus far, when the terminally sick is in a position to communicate freely and with openness what is on their mind and heart, it is a huge relief. It often removes stress and makes interaction more peaceful. It provides an opportunity for greater readiness for the outcome. Thus far, effective communication during the end-of-life journey may accomplish positive outcomes.

The loved one’s desires must be the priority.  So, their voice and intent must be honoured. Thus far, the family members and the terminally sick may be more open and accepting. It often makes them ready for the end-of-life outcome. So, the mutual acceptance of the dying process reduces. Hence, it eliminates the use of futile medical treatments. It mostly prolongs the inevitable. So, it often leads to more pain and suffering. Hence, it puts family members into more anguish to see a loved one suffering. Moreover, the participants are willing to have more authentic and intimate conversations. It creates a sense of closure and completion of their loving relationship.

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