Sometimes, despite the best efforts of doctors, a person’s illness cannot be controlled and he/she reaches the end of life. It can be a difficult time for caregivers, yet with support and guidance, this can also be an opportunity to spend meaningful time with loved ones.
It is common for people at this phase of life to eat and drink very little, spend more time sleeping and to become increasingly weak. For practical tips on how to care for a loved one at this time, download a copy of the "Spending the last days together" booklet.
Caregiving is not just a physical task, it can be mentally and emotionally draining too. So it is important for caregivers to ensure that they look after themselves and obtain support if needed. Support can come from many sources, including family, friends and neighbours, one’s faith community, or the healthcare team.
For practical tips on self-care, click here.
One of life's universal experiences is bereavement, which is the term used for the experience following the death of a loved one. Everyone grieves differently, but common examples include:
The hurt does lessen with time, and the healing can be helped by: