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November 6, 1967

Assisting the Family in Time of Grief

Author Affiliations

Kansas City, Mo

JAMA. 1967;202(6):559-560. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130190165052

I consider one of the physician's major problems to be the compassionate approach to a family when an unexpected death occurs to a loved one. However, I am not certain how this news can best be communicated. What role should the clergyman play and when should he be called in? What guidelines would you recommend in this instance?