Health Concerns While Telling Bad News
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Health Concerns While Telling Bad News

These facts will aid the health & wellness of the person giving and receiving bad news. Emotions run high when a person tells another some bad news, so preparation now will better equip you when that communication is needed.

No matter how it is given, bad news remains just that; bad news. There are some health concerns that can be implemented to preserve some balance to both the giver and receiver of the bad news which are proported in these facts.

Hearing some bad news that will influence anyone has psychology which intertwines emotional and even physical influences long before that information goes anywhere else. Some solid planning can be a major factor in this awful event, which when learned now, can prepare you well.

Plan to tell bad news

1. Self preparation can make a difference when the actual telling of the bad news is required. That mental preparation includes being aware of the unpleasant contents that will be verbalized to the listerner. Realizing the breavity of the facts can trigger tears, which are both appropriate and helpful to get ready to share sad news to another person who was just as unsuspecting as you were upon hearing that news.

2. When to tell bad news should be thought out yet told as soon as possible. By putting oneself in the place of another will yield the correct time.

3. Where is the right place? Don't spend a lot of time deciding on the proper location to tell bad news. Choose a solitary place making sure you are precise enough to be there before the person who will be hearing the news arrives there or you can accompany them to that location.

4. Determine the delivery using an audible tone so you won't have to repeat the bad news more than once. Be aware that it is not uncommon for immediate denial, yet that does not mean the message was not heard. It might be necessary to repeat your words for them to sink in.  Let the listener ask for you to repeat your message before doing that.

5. Prepare the person for your words. Ask the person to sit down next to you if possible. Keep eye contact so there is a binding connection which will add to their comfort and wellness during the sharing of your words. 

6. The Manner you use in delivering bad news should be a gentle one remembering the bad news is now just being heard for the first time. Pause whenever you need to collect your strength to continue. 

7. Words to guide the information you are going to give are important for several reasons. The listener needs to engage in total listening and leave the thoughts they were thinking while you talk to them. You want them to feel some benefit of you being the deliverer of the news. While you deliver the bad news, you will be some strength for them to hold onto in their shock of hearing the message you give. Valuable suggestions are not limited to: I have something to say to you that can not wait. I emphasize not using the contraction, but saying can not instead, which is bolder. Pause to see if you have undivided attention. Another directive can be: I have some very bad news. Continue with I am sorry and give your bad news with as much gentleness in your voice as possible.

8.  Aftershock plan still includes you the messenger of the bad news. Remain with the person until you are certain they will be safe and perhaps be in the company of someone else. Offer a ride, to make phone calls or a hand to hold as the emotions resurface.


Yaquina Head Lighthouse in Newport, Oregon courtesy Vern Waley


Roberta : Nurse assistant to psychology sessions.

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Comments (21)

I always get a bout of anxiety when I have to deliver bad news. Excellent work Roberta.

I find that when you deliver bad news, you are often associated with it in a negative way somehow...

Great tips. I hope I can remember all of them when telling bad news to someone. Thanks for sharing.

Thank you for sharing excellent tips.

Well done! Thank you for this information.

Good Job

Yes, all excellent advice.

Thank you for the interesting health information, voted up. : )

great tips my friend,thanks

It is always difficult to deliver bad news. Thanks for the good advice.

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this is a very valuable article for everyone

An insightful advice for everyone, Rob.

very good advice, thanks

Very helpful advice. Voted

Great to hear from your side in future

Excellent work.

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Everyone needs to read this article, Roberta.

You addressed a rarely explored but important issue. Thanks!!

Good advice!

An aftershock plan is a good idea, these are helpful tips.

Excellent post and advice. Thank you.