What is End-of-life or Palliative Care?
Terminal illness is a difficult reality that you or your loved one may have to face at a certain point in life. When terminal illness affects a loved one, it is not always easy to accept or take charge of the challenges that your family faces. If you or your loved one has been detected with an illness that is life-threatening, it is important to talk about it and plan for a peaceful end of life. For this purpose, your doctor might recommend you to seek palliative care.
Palliative care is an approach to take care of adults and children diagnosed with life-threatening illness, such as cancer, chronic kidney disease etc., by relieving their suffering and improving their quality of life. The objective of palliative care is not intended to cure the disease, but provide patients at any disease stage with relief from symptoms.
Importance of talking about terminal illness and death
Patients and families that are affected by terminal illness often pass through phases of grief that can cause patients to feel even more pain and stress than they do from the illness. Hence it is essential to talk about your condition and feelings to friends and family members.
On your doctor’s suggestion, you can join support groups for the terminally ill persons. Hearing the stories of those in a similar situation often helps patients better cope with their own illness.