Appropriate and compassionate communication skills in health practitioners are closely related to quality of care at the end of life.
Medical education has traditionally paid little attention to communication skills about death, dying and palliative care issues.
”Not telling” does not reduce stress in children, but may increase their isolation and anxiety(2). Also, sharing information has been linked to less depression in children and increased social competence in siblings(1).
"The Sick Child". Lithograph by Edvard Munch , 1896