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25 Practical Tips to Help Those Facing a Serious Illness
Tips for anyone to help those who are seriously ill. Family with loved ones, friends, acquaintances, and caregivers here have good advice to be a true help to the needy.
Caring for someone with a terminal illness
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. Carers who were faced with their relative’s 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.
Depression in the Face of a Terminal Illness & Death
When facing death, terminally ill patients must deal with extreme psychological distress & depression. Learn about symptoms, risks, diagnosis, and treatments.
Managing Grief and Depression at the End of Life
Patients, except for those who experience a sudden death, undergo some type of loss at the end of life. Initially these losses may include health, wealth, self-image, and sense of control. These losses accumulate over time and may progressively involve loss of relationships, privacy, independence, dignity, and cognitive and physical function. Grief is a universal, yet highly personalized, response to these losses, and is an expected part of living with a progressive terminal illness such as advanced cancer, congestive heart failure, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Although grief may cause patients significant suffering, it is considered an adaptive and healthy reaction to loss.
Saying Goodbye: Coping with a Loved One’s Terminal Illness
The fact that grief today is a family matter as much as it is an individual one. What is needed is a new template—one that is relevant to families and their experience. That is what we present here. This model is intended to be a road map that you and your family can turn to as you navigate your way through the current realities of death and dying. And by the way, when we use the word family, we include not only blood relations but all those who have a significant connection to the person who carries the diagnosis.
Terminal Illness: Supporting a terminally ill loved one
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? Get the facts about supporting a loved one who is terminally ill.
When a Loved One is Terminally Ill
When a loved one develops a serious illness it’s normal to go through an emotional experience akin to grieving. If the illness is life-threatening, it’s important to talk about death and plan for the end of life. These conversations can be difficult, but there are ways to make them easier.