The abstract idea that life is finite, and that we will all one day die, is familiar. When someone is diagnosed with a terminal illness, they and their friends and loved ones may experience a cascade of emotions. The knowledge that death is imminent can be accompanied by frightening and strong emotions.
A process is begun when the news arrives, and managing it well can make a huge difference to the patient and those who care about them. Preparing for, and coping with, terminal illness is an area of counseling that has the potential to ease the way.
Long experience with hospice care and training in thanatology (the study of death, dying, and bereavement) can be especially helpful in addressing the following:
- Coping with severe physical pain.
- Preparing for relationship closure.
- Saying goodbye.
- Grieving and loss process.
- Practical and emotional aspects of estate disposition.
- Contributing to the future.
A compassionate and steady resource is available to provide support before, during, and after end-of-life events. Make contact by email, or call 610-220-4202 to get more information or arrange a visit for yourself or someone close to you.