What if somebody who is dying confides in you?

March 26, 2007 8:07am CST
What if somebody who just discovered that she has cancer confides in you and asks you not to tell her family? Will you really just keep what you know to yourself and act as if nothing's happening?
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6 responses
@mishy24 (88)
26 Mar 07
That is the persons choice. Wouldn't you be annoyed if someone you confided in blabbed what you where saying? Just because your dying why should it be any different. If you were worried the relative asked you and you don't want to lie i'd just say you'd need to speak to the person about it. Its actually quite common for people to be diagnosed with cancer and not want to tell their family. Sooner or later though majority tell them. I can understand why people wouldn't want to tell people they care for so much, it must be heartbreaking and hopefully its something i'll never experience.
• Philippines
26 Mar 07
It would be a hard thing. I've got to weigh first the pro's and con's of telling and not telling the family. Whichever works best, that's what i'm gona do. :)
@lilaclady (28240)
• Australia
26 Mar 07
Yes I would and I have, I believe in absolute sacret trust, it is so very important.
@caesarin (1091)
• Indonesia
14 Apr 07
I'll advise that somebody to tell his/her family because it'll help him/herself for cure and support.
@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
31 Mar 07
Well until I'm actually in that situation I can't say for sure but I'd like to think I'd keep their confidence so long as it isn't hurting them or others by doing so. What I mean is if they confide in me they have cancer and I realize they are taking it so hard that they might do something foolish then I'd have to confide in others, hope that makes sense. Other then that though so long as they aren't putting themselves or others in jeaporady by not telling then they have the right not to let others know and I have to respect that.
• Nigeria
29 Mar 07
yes ,I will keep it to myself and keep encouraging her until she feel like letting them know.This is good for her because somehow she will need the support and care of her family on the long run