Chapter 3: How to talk about death

Preparing for the first conversation

The support worker says
Karen Campbell, developmental services worker, speaks about using concrete language to explain when someone has died.(3:22)Video transcript

We need to give them credit for what they understand and feel, particularly when they don’t use words. We need to take time to talk and explain what is going on. –Support worker

The way that you begin can set the tone for future conversations, providing a foundation of trust with the person.

Plan to allow plenty of time to be with the grieving person. It may take longer than you anticipate. You want to gain a good understanding of the person’s perspective and invite their questions.

In preparing, ask yourself a few questions pertaining to the person. Click the arrows to view.