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If you have life-threatening illness, why is talking about it important?

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Much anxiety near the end of life may stem from not talking. Both the dying person and the people around them are often reluctant to talk about what is happening. A palliative care team can help the family talk calmly and not be alarmist about the process, dispelling a lot of the anxiety and making it easier on everyone.

SOURCES:

Marsha Gallagher, LCSW, social worker, Capital Caring, Falls Church, Va.

Tiernan, E. , 2002. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine

Lan, L.K. , 2002. Palliative Medicine

Bakitas, M. , Aug. 19, 2009. Journal of the American Medical Association

Rosenstein, D. , 2011. Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience

Dobkin, R.D. , published online June 15, 2011. American Journal of Psychiatry

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on August 17, 2017

SOURCES:

Marsha Gallagher, LCSW, social worker, Capital Caring, Falls Church, Va.

Tiernan, E. , 2002. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine

Lan, L.K. , 2002. Palliative Medicine

Bakitas, M. , Aug. 19, 2009. Journal of the American Medical Association

Rosenstein, D. , 2011. Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience

Dobkin, R.D. , published online June 15, 2011. American Journal of Psychiatry

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on August 17, 2017

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