Comfort care is an essential part of one’s end of life journey. The goals are to prevent or relieve suffering as much as possible and to improve quality of life while respecting the wishes of the dying person and their family. We believe there are four areas of importance when facing the death of a loved one, especially a child – physical comfort, mental and emotional needs, spiritual needs, and practical tasks. We are here to support you. Always remember to consult your healthcare team to make sure these suggestions are appropriate for your situation.
Managing Mental and Emotional Needs
Complete end-of-life care includes help with managing mental and emotional distress. It is important to treat emotional pain and suffering. Encouraging conversations about your feelings might help. You might want to contact a counselor, possibly one familiar with end-of-life solutions. We also have ZEBRA Ambassadors ready to talk at anytime. You are not alone. If you experience severe depression or anxiety, medicine may help. Talk with your healthcare provider.
End of life experiences often lead to spiritual needs being just as important as physical concerns. Many people find solace in their faith while others may struggle with the idea of faith or spiritual beliefs. Praying, talking with a pastor or minister, reading scriptural texts, or listening to positive and encouraging music may bring comfort. The end of life journey is difficult. We are here to help.
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Source: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, National Institute on Aging, https://www.nia.nih.gov