The goal of care when you are involved with those who are dying is to help them enjoy as good a quality of life as possible.

Relieving suffering; helping them stay as well as they can; and helping them achieve goals that are important to them before they die are all part of this as is ensuring that patients and their families know about the choices they have and what support is available to them.

 

Discussing dying

Discussing dying is something most of us shy away from. The potential discomfort is not just in the patient’s mind - it’s also likely to be in the minds of the professionals who are looking after them. This video aims to help healthcare professionals discuss dying openly and honestly with their patients.

Please note that the videos on this website deal with issues of death and bereavement and were created for healthcare professionals: caution is advised for viewers who are not healthcare professionals as some may find the themes upsetting.

A transcript of this video can be found here