Receiving news of a diagnosis of a terminal illness is a bitter pill to swallow for everyone involved.
Knowledge of the impending death of someone you love is extremely challenging, but as they
journey through the last days, weeks, or months of life, it is important to keep the focus on them. As
you struggle through the emotional rollercoaster that being friends and family with the terminally ill
presents, instituting the best possible end-of-life care is very important.
The end-of-life experience and needs vary from person to person; some mainly deteriorate
physically, others mostly undergo mental and cognitive decline, and some may be affected both
ways. They all still deserve the same level of emotional and physical support before they pass away.
You may decide to care for them at a dedicated center or at home with the help of the providers at
Hillside Hospice, either decision is fine. But because of the difficulties of waiting for certain death,
you may be understandably lost on how best to help them through the wait.
MAKE THEM AS COMFORTABLE AS POSSIBLE
ENCOURAGE THEM TO SHARE THEIR LIFE STORIES
CATER TO THEIR SPIRITUAL NEEDS
REGULARLY REMIND THEM OF HOW MUCH THEY MEAN TO YOU
ASSURE THEM THINGS WILL BE TAKEN CARE OF IN THEIR ABSENCE
SEEK PROFESSIONAL HELP
TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF