Communicating With Loved Ones in Challenging Times

Posted on December 11, 2023 by Louise Savoie


Expressing one’s thoughts and sharing them with another person is the basic description of communication. During challenging times, communication is also challenged. For example, if a person has received the unfortunate diagnosis of a life-limiting disease or the loss of a loved one, the need for open and compassionate communication is elevated.

We have been providing hospice care to many clients and families. We incorporate the lessons we learned in our services and caregiver training. Here are some notes when it comes to communication.

Practice active listening by giving your loved one your full attention and empathy when they share their thoughts and feelings. In a world filled with so much noise, showing and actually doing active listening can be difficult to achieve.

Show empathy and validate your loved one’s emotions. There are times when your loved one may not be able to fully express what they are feeling, even if you may not fully understand their perspective, show that you care.

Maintain open and honest communication about their illness, prognosis, and treatment options. This may be difficult to come by as achieving honesty and openness can make the other person vulnerable. Ensure that you make them feel safe in your company.

Conversations with them can become difficult and emotional. While there are notes you can follow, it is important to allow yourself to be human. There is no perfect dialogue but if you want to communicate and connect with them – they will feel the warmth.

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