How to Give Bad News
Spoiler alert: There’s no “right” way.
I give a lot of it.
There is no right way to do it.
I don’t do it “right.” I can just discuss how I give it.
You can only lead from your heart.
You can only speak to that human being as if she was your mother or sister.
I don’t know any other way.
What if it is your mother or sister?
Then speak to them like someone you love a lot.
I had to give bad news to a lovely woman today.
She’s just awesome.
Stage four breast cancer.
She’s in shock.
I wanted to lessen her fear.
I wanted her to leave feeling like she had a game plan.
A team she could count on.
A team she could love.
We hugged again.
I gave her the bad news.
I tried my best to give her the facts and give her hope at the same time.
Like I would to my own sister.
I hope the treatments work.
Microstep: Treat those human beings around you like you would a loved one. Pretend they are your loving sister or mother.
Originally published at drsteven.com.