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Support in a crisis: what to bear in mind when comforting relatives in distress

How to feel better equipped to support patients’ loved ones when they are upset
nurse comforts tearful woman

How to feel better equipped to support patients’ loved ones when they are upset

I’ve yet to meet anyone who wasn’t affected by the reports of a father being stabbed to death on a train in front of his 14-year-old son.

The incident, which occurred at the beginning of January, was horrific and senseless. I couldn’t stop thinking about it for days.

It goes without saying that the son will need specialist help to try to come to terms with what happened. To witness your father dying in such a terrible way is, for me, impossible to imagine.

In this situation, it would most likely have been fellow passengers who were the first to offer support, doing their best in a situation that no one could prepare for.

Supporting families in a crisis

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