Knowing how to offer comfort and support to a loved one who has a terminal illness can be challenging. What can you say or do? How can you help your loved one cope? How will you deal with your own grief? Please feel free to contact us anything to discuss questions you may have.
My loved one has been diagnosed with a terminal illness. How might our relationship change?
How can I help my loved one cope with a terminal illness?
Your relationship with your loved one might not necessarily change because he or she has a terminal illness. If you're concerned, try to build on your relationship's strengths. It's also important to be open to new possibilities. A loved one's terminal diagnosis might improve your relationship.
Is there a typical emotional process that a person who has terminal illness experiences?
Let your loved one know that you're willing to listen to his or her concerns - and never underestimate the value of your presence. Even if it feels as though you're not doing anything, your presence sends an important message. Don't, however, try to be a counselor.
Acceptance or accommodation may be the most desirable outcome of the grieving process - learning to live as fully as possible while accepting the presence of a terminal illness. But does your loved one have to accept that he or she has a terminal illness? Does your loved one have to accept that he or she is going to die before he or she expected? No. There's no right or wrong way to come to terms with death.
What else can I do for my loved one?
What can FairHoPe Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc. help with my caregiving day-to-day care for loved one?
You can encourage your loved one to talk about his or her life. For instance, ask your loved one to talk about how he or she met his or her mate. You may be amazed at the stories your loved one has to share. Consider recording your conversations as a way of honoring the memory of your loved one.
Our programs provide a special kind of caring, embracing a compassionate and understanding concept of care. Providing comfort care for those with a terminal illness, as well as lending emotional, spiritual and social support to their families and friends during their illness and grieving period. Our services include:
• On-Call Services 24 Hours a Day, 7 Days a Week
Regular Registered Nurse and Licensed Practical Nurse Visits•
Medical Director/Physician Consultations and Visits•
Pain and Symptom Management•
Palliative Pharmacy Services•
Provide Medications related to terminal condition•
Routine Home Care, Inpatient Care, Crisis (Continuous) Care and Respite Care•
Coordination of Durable Medical Equipment needs and supplies•
Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapies•
Complementary Therapies - Music, Therapeutic Touch, Aromatherapy•
Community Grief Services
Please feel free to contact us anything to discuss questions or needs you may have.
End of Life, Mayo Clinic, April 3, 2010