Giving the Bad News

Obit Magazine
August 25, 2009

Let’s imagine you are diagnosed with a terminal illness. And you have, say, just one or two years left to live. Or less. Do you want your physician to deliver the news to your face? And if so, when? And how? …..

Dr. Wright has described such frank talks with the terminally ill as producing “cascading benefits for patients and their caregivers.”

By “cascading benefits,” Wright means that after being handed the gift of truth, the dying can tell those they trust what kind of end-of-life treatment they want — or don’t want. And relatives and spouses don’t have to feel ignorant (or, worse, guilty) about making medical choices for the terminally ill as the end approaches.

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