How to talk about death to those with a learning disability


PODCAST: Irene Tuffrey-Wijne is a Professor of Intellectual Disability and Palliative Care. She talks about ways to share bad news and the importance of communication.

As a hospice nurse, she saw how little was known about understanding end-of-life communication with people who have learning disabilities. Often, difficult and sad news was seen as too upsetting to share. She has spent the past two decades researching the needs of people with learning disabilities who reach the end of life and those who are bereaved.

In this episode, Professor Tuffrey-Wijne answers questions about how to break bad news to those living with a learning disability. What are the best ways to tackle issues around dying, grief and the uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic?

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