Helping Someone Who Has a Terminal Illness

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Terminal Illness

Patients living with a terminal illness, and those who care for them, are confronted with a profound and difficult situation. Questions about coping, living fruitful days, interacting with loved ones, and preparing for the inevitable will certainly arise. In this guide we'll help answer these questions by connecting you to advice and information from experts around the Web.

Diagnosis of Terminal Illness

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Helping Someone Who Has a Terminal Illness

How a patient responds after being diagnosed with a terminal illness cannot be predicted. There are varying degrees of acceptance and denial, and as a friend of loved one, it's important not to push those suffering toward any emotional or spiritual conclusions. The sites in this section describe various ways you can help a friend or family member during this time and, just as important, how you can take care of yourself as caregiver.

Dulcinea's Insight

  • The Web is full of information on interacting with the terminally ill. Searches on health-specific (and general) search engines, using terms like "interacting with terminally ill," yield a plentitude of results. Try Healia.com and Zuula.com to start.
  • Use the information on these sites as a starting point to aid your conversations with healthcare professionals.

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Pain Management

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Hospice and Palliative Care

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Terminal Illness Legal and Financial Issues

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Terminal Illness Support

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