Communicating with your family

Many patients avoid talking to or do not like talking about their condition to their near and dear ones. This may be a normal reaction initially. However, a terminal illness can bring up worries and fears about your future, which makes it important to talk and share your feelings with your loved ones. Also, your family and closest friends deserve to know about your condition. Tell them when you are ready to do so.

You should be aware of the fact that everyone will react differently to your news, just as each terminally ill patient reacts differently to his or her illness. Some may be shocked, while some may cry. Some may refuse to believe it while some may offer to help you in doing the little things. Some may even behave awkwardly in your presence or try to avoid you. This does not mean that they don’t love you.

When communicating this news with children in the family, be honest and use language that they are comfortable with.

When you decide to make your thoughts and
feelings known, you are more likely to receive
the kind of care and companionship that will
be most helpful to you.

Handling Practical Issues

Living with a terminal illness can give rise to legal issues and financial strains.You might need to deal with them carefully so that your loved ones are taken care of. It is always considered a wise decision to share your accounts, finances, and digital passwords with trusted members of your family and let them get clarity about your investments which deserve to be handled with responsibility.