Let's Talk About Dying: Helping Professionals to Communicate with Family Members (1st New edition)

Let's Talk About Dying: Helping Professionals to Communicate with Family Members (1st New edition)

By: Rachel Fearnley (author)

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Communicating with relatives when a patient is terminally ill can be a difficult task for professionals to contemplate. However, it is a crucially important part of their role that needs to be undertaken with confidence and competence. Professionals need to work collaboratively with colleagues from the different disciplines involved with the family. A key factor here is inter-professional communication and information sharing. This training resource has two objectives: It helps group members recognise and acknowledge the importance of inter-professional working and communication when working with family members experiencing bereavement. It helps to facilitate discussions between the group members about communicating with and working with family members when a significant person is at the end of life. This resource has been developed for use with practitioners from different professions. It is specifically targeted at nursing and medical staff, social workers, family support workers and school personnel; however, its use can and should be extended to other professionals working with family members. This resource can be used equally effectively with practitioners who work with the children within the family as well as adult family members.

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About Author

Rachel Fearnley is an independent researcher / consultant specialising in children's experiences when a parent is at the end of life. Rachel was awarded her PhD in 2010, her thesis is entitled 'A Lonely Place to Be: Children's Experiences of Living with a Parent who is Dying'. The research explored children's experiences of parental terminal illness and was a qualitative study. Research participants included children who had been bereaved of a parent, their surviving parents and professionals working in health and social care. Rachel is particularly interested in different aspects of communicating with this population of children and their families, the professionals' social and emotional role when working with terminal patients who have children, how the children make meaning from what is happening and the support mechanisms that are available for them. Rachel's first book is written primarily for professionals working with children whose parents are terminally ill - Fearnley, R. (2012) Communicating with Children when a Parent is at the End of Life, London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Articles by Rachel include Fearnley, R. (2010) Death of a parent and the children's experiences: Don't ignore the elephant in the room, Journal of Interprofessional Care, 24(4):450 - 459 and Fearnley, R. (2010) Children and bereavement: Living with a dying parent, Inside Palliative Care, 12: 22-24. Prior to undertaking her PhD Rachel worked with pre-school aged children and their families in a number of different settings. These included an inner city day nursery, the NSPCC and most recently as the manager of a Barnardo's family support service. Rachel is a qualified and registered social worker.


40 Cards +booklet Boxed ISBN 978-0-86388-912-7 ORDER CODE D11-003-5789 GBP30.99 +VAT

Product Details

  • publication date: 30/04/2012
  • ISBN13: 9780863889127
  • Number Of Pages: 40
  • ID: 9780863889127
  • weight: 350
  • ISBN10: 0863889123
  • edition: 1st New edition

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