Knowing that you are in your final days will make most anxious and upset. Some can not accept that they are not long for this world. Feelings and emotions will vary from person to person. Everyone reacts differently.
Not everyone wants to talk about what they are going through. Some people might not want to talk about it at all at first, and this is normal.
However you feel, is your right.
FAMILY AND FRIENDS:
Learning that your loved one is terminally ill is upsetting news. Some family and friends will not know how to approach and act in this situation.
People have different ways of responding to difficult situations. When faced with the terminal diagnosis of a family member or relative, people’s different coping strategies could at times cause friction between the main Carer/s and other family members.
For some families, the practical and emotional impact of sharing caring responsibilities brought hidden tensions and rivalries to the fore. Knowing how to offer comfort and support to a loved one who has a terminal illness can be challenging.
CARERS AND OTHER HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS:
Some Carers and other health Care professionals may not fully understand the individual’s wants and wishes for their final days. It is hard for Carers to see the individual that they are Caring for in the end of their life. Carers build a relationship with the individuals that they Care for. seeing that you are deteriorating and knowing that they may not see you again is upsetting.
Carers who were faced with their relatives deteriorating health on a daily basis felt frustrated when others put an optimistic spin on the situation. While keeping hopeful against the odds helped some people cope better, the majority of carers felt a need to be honest and accepting about the approaching death of their friend or relative.
HOW WE CAN HELP….
We understand that life can be hard at the best of times, let alone at the end of your life.
All of our Care team that are assigned to providing Care for you in your last days have our CDCA End of Life (Palliative Care) Training and experiences with Caring for the terminally ill.
End of Life Care should help you to live as well as possible until you pass away, and to pass with dignity. Our Care team will ask you about your wishes and preferences, and take these into account as they work with you to plan your care. We will also support your family and other people who are important to you.