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Behav. Sci. 2017, 7(3), 45; doi:10.3390/bs7030045

Family Communication at the End of Life

Department of Communication Studies, Texas State University, 601 University Drive, San Marcos, TX 78666, USA
Academic Editor: Scott Hunter
Received: 9 July 2017 / Revised: 11 July 2017 / Accepted: 11 July 2017 / Published: 14 July 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Family Communication at the End of Life)
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People often feel awkward and ill at ease when faced with the opportunity for communication at the end of life, thus the overall theme for the articles in this special issue is the creation of more awareness and knowledge regarding the depth, breadth, and importance of current research exploring family communication at the end of life. This introductory essay attempts to accomplish the following: (1) discuss the importance of talk regarding death; (2) highlight the formative role of family interactions on the death and dying process; and (3) outline the articles in this special issue. Scholars contributing to this special issue on “Family Communication at the End of Life” have provided evidence that communication is important between and for terminally ill individuals, family members, and healthcare/palliative care specialists. Overall, research exploring communication at the end of life is especially relevant because every person experiences the death and loss of loved ones, and ultimately faces the reality of their own death. View Full-Text
Keywords: communication; family; end of life; death and dying; palliative care; healthcare communication; family; end of life; death and dying; palliative care; healthcare
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