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VOLUME 17 , ISSUE 3 ( June, 2013 ) > List of Articles

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Death in the hospital: Breaking the bad news to the bereaved family

Keywords : In hospital death, bereaved, grief reaction, breaking bad news

Citation Information : Death in the hospital: Breaking the bad news to the bereaved family. Indian J Crit Care Med 2013; 17 (3):178-181.

DOI: 10.4103/0972-5229.117067

License: CC BY-ND 3.0

Published Online: 01-06-2014

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2013; The Author(s).


Informing the family members about the sudden death of their loved one is a highly stressful experience for the treating doctors. Breaking the bad news to the bereaved family needs special skill on the part of the clinicians. An elaborate, step-wise modified action plan for breaking the sad news and grief reduction based on the literature has been presented here. The guidelines mentioned in the article are simply the tips to the clinicians and not to be considered as any form of protocols. Inclusion of this subject into the undergraduate medical curriculum has to be considered. By doing so, we can look forward to produce junior doctors who are better at coping with this awkward but extremely important aspect of clinical medicine.

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