Year: 1981 Source: Nursing 81, (November 1981), p.32-35 SIEC No: 19820766

The author, a nurse thanatologist, advocates an open and honest communication with families of dying patients. Caring is also expressed through competence and realism. White lies or vague phrases limit and can alter the choices family members might choose to make. Respecting the privacy of grieving people and asking them to make small decisions or helping with post-mortem care gives them a sense of taking control of their own lives again.