1st Edition

Relating to the Relatives Breaking Bad News, Communication and Support

By Thurstan Brewin, Margaret Sparshott Copyright 1997

    This book is intended for all those who not only have to give bad news but who are also keen to give as much help and support as possible to partners and families - both immediately and during remission relapse terminal illness dying or grieving. Although it concentrates on the somewhat neglected interests of relatives much of it is very relevant to the care of patients. It is of use in a hospital environment and in primary care and readers including doctors nurses social workers and spiritual advisers will value it both when they are in training and perhaps especially in the years after qualification.

    Who will see the relatives? More communication skills and suggestions. Who? When? Where? Diagnosis and prognosis. Denial, optimism and uncertainty. Remedicies, remissions and relapses. The relative as adviser and carer. The relative as victim. The relative as parent. Terminal illness. Journey's end. The angry relative.


    Thurstan Brewin, Margaret Sparshott