A Dying Well Plan Part IV

By Elizabeth Sukys-Rice

‘‘I sit with her for over an hour while she explores her emotional and spiritual pain.”Palliative Care Social Worker

Supporting Roles to Help the Process

It can be incredibly emotionally and physically draining caring for an individual who is terminally ill. There is help available and it’s important to allow for individuals to come and help in order to provide the important and valuable emotional support to your loved one. Here’s the list of options available to support the person suffering from a terminal illness and the care giver providing support. Allowing for someone to help provides more energy and time to be present and in the moment during this challenging time.

End of Life Doulas

  • Just as birth doulas help mothers bring their newborns into the world the End-of-life doulas can bring comfort and support to those who are dying. Depending on their training and background, an end-of-life doula can provide emotional, spiritual, practical, or medical support — or all of the above

Geriatric Care Manager

  • A professional geriatric care manager has been educated in various fields of human services — social work, psychology, nursing, gerontology — and trained to assess, plan, coordinate, monitor and provide services for the elderly and their families.
  • Advocacy for older adults is a primary function of the care manager

Grief Counselor

  • Facilitation of Group Therapy- Grief, Loss, and Bereavement. Groups provide, and the critical necessity for the normalizing discussions about reactions and difficulties
  • Employee Assistance offer grief counseling, employee workshops help and individual engage with the grieving process
    Complicated bereavement is unfortunately not uncommon, many losses can compound the grief, counselors can help with planning a way through and processing grief.

Hospice and Palliative Care

  • Hospice – a program designed to provide palliative care and emotional support to the terminally ill in a home or homelike setting so that quality of life is maintained and family members may be active participants in care.
  • Palliative Care – Palliative care, and the medical sub-specialty of palliative medicine, is specialized medical care for people living with serious illness. It focuses on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.
    Palliative care is provided by a team of palliative care doctors, nurses, social workers and others who work together with a patient’s other doctors to provide an extra layer of support. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness and can be provided along with curative treatment.Caring Communities, hospice houses, crisis care centers.

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