Dr Dimakatso Maboea, clinical psychologist, has given some guidelines on how to report on the death of a person.
Maboea says it’s important to check with the family before publishing to minimise the experience of shock.
The most important thing to consider to be as respectful as possible to make it easier for the family to reintegrate. Be be truthful and fair.— Dr Dimakatso Maboea, clinical psychologist.
The doctor says one should be as calm as possible when delivering the news.
Allow whatever emotion to show, tell them what you will do and tell them what they need to do.— Dr Dimakatso Maboea, clinical psychologist..
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