What Will it Be Like Talking About the Dying Process

This micro skills course explores the concerns that patients may have about dying, end of life events that professionals need to consider discussing with them, and the communication skills that can be used to facilitate these conversations.

Delivery Mode
Online - Self Paced
Course Duration
30-60 minutes
Course Type
Yes, on completion
Course Code
Content Provider
Association of Palliative Medicine

What will I learn?

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  1. Identify the common concerns of patients regarding the process of dying and the ways in which these concerns may be raised;
  2. Identify end of life events that patients and relatives may not have considered but are important for them to be aware of;
  3. Apply the communication skills required to respond effectively yet sensitively to concerns about the process of dying and the time leading up to it;
  4. Apply the most effective methods when giving information about dying, especially in situations that are distressing;
  5. Describe the circumstances in which information is better shared with a relative of a patient approaching the end of their life;
  6. Recognise the feelings in yourself that such conversations create;
  7. Assess your confidence in identifying end of life issues and discussing them with patients and relatives

Course provided in association with


  • This eLearning session is provided by the Content Providers listed above but it does not in any way constitute a qualification or accreditation from them.
  • Certificates provided at the end of each session are issued by Talisium under licence and cannot be used by students to seek membership, fellowship or any other form of recognition by the Content Provider.
  • This micro skills course may contain references to UK laws, regulations, policies and practice guidelines.
  • You should apply the lessons within the context of your local environment.
  • This micro skills course may contain features that are not optimised for mobile devices.