When your loved one receives a diagnosis of terminal cancer, it is as if the whole world has been shattered. No one ever expects to get the news that they are staring into the abyss of a fatal illness. Because this news is so devastating, it is important for the friends and family of terminal cancer patients to give them every single bit of support they can. Here is a look at some of the ways you can help loved ones who have been diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Being There is the Most Important Thing
Woody Allen once said that, “80 percent of life is showing up.” It is closer to 100 percent when it comes to your caring for a loved one with a terminal illness. The most important thing you can do for someone dealing with terminal cancer is simply being there. Be a shoulder to cry on and a sympathetic ear. Be a source of strength. You don’t have to dispense any advice or be a counselor. You just have to be there.
At a certain stage of your loved one’s terminal illness, you will not be able to do handle all the physical care on your own. It becomes too much to handle. When that happens, you should turn to professional hospice care. When you get help with the end stages of your loved one’s cancer, it allows you to focus your energies on providing the kind of emotional support that is needed.
Your emotional support will falter if you have to do all the physical labor on your own as well.
Before the cancer reaches those grim end stages, it is important for cancer patients to try and live as normally as possible. You can make this a lot easier by suggesting fun activities to do together. You can go horseback riding, explore a new restaurant or head for the beach. Try to look for enjoyable ways that you can share time together. You can make memories that will help you handle the grief after the death of the terminal cancer patient.
Dealing with terminal cancer is never easy, but you can make it easier on your loved ones. Try to look for ways that you can make their lives more enjoyable. You owe it to them to make their last months as special as possible.