Talking about dying can help someone with a terminal illness to express their concerns and fears and help them to make plans for what’s important to them. It can bring up uncomfortable emotions for you and for the person who is dying, but there are things you can do to make the conversation easier and more meaningful.
Those receiving End of Life Care typically include those who have been diagnosed with an incurable condition such as terminal cancer, those in the later stages of dementia, or those affected by progressive neurological diseases such as motor neurone disease or multiple sclerosis. It is an important part of the Palliative Care which may already have been taking place for some months. The purpose of End of Life Care is to allow people to live as comfortably as possible in the final weeks of their life.
There are five important priorities for End of Life Care….
Anxiety is a huge topic, there are so many forms of it, and it affects everyone in different ways. It all stems from the body’s natural flight and fight response. The body releases adrenaline and cortisol when we feel stressed and under threat. These hormones are a primal response designed to help us deal with danger by preparing the body to fight off an attacker or run from them.