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Palliative medicine: accepting help from others

by Josephine Andrews
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Do you have a dying loved one? Then let others support you! Maybe friends, relatives or neighbors offer their help, for example as a shopping service. If not, don’t be afraid to ask. In hospitals, hospices or nursing homes, you can pester the entire staff with questions – the nurses as well as the social workers and doctors. If someone is unable or unwilling to help you, ask the next person.

In addition, there are various institutions that can support you. For example, a social counseling center can help you with financial questions or applications, among other things.

Self-help associations sometimes also take on such activities, although they primarily take care of your emotional needs. Many such associations have specialized in certain situations, for example cancer patients and their relatives or parents whose child has died. The offer can include, for example, bereavement seminars or bereavement groups.

In support groups you meet other sufferers who are going through or have gone through something similar to yours. Sharing with others who are affected can be a great comfort.

You can find more information about this on the Internet. You will also find contact details there to receive pastoral care or counseling by phone, email or chat. These services are often offered free of charge and anonymously.

It may also be that personal psychological counseling would do you good. Don’t be afraid to seek such professional help – especially if the care of your dying loved one or their death is a heavy emotional burden. There are various forms of therapy that can be helpful in such cases – for example cognitive behavioral therapy.

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