Living with Advanced Illness

A person with advanced illness…

may hurt…

  • physically
  • emotionally
  • spiritually

may fear…

  • not recovering
  • losing independence
  • being a burden
  • being abandoned (by family, friends and professional caregivers)

may grieve…

  • the loss of health
  • the loss of roles, or previously enjoyed activities
  • the loss of future plans

may need….

  • time to reflect and/or to adjust to changes
  • to balance rest and activity
  • to focus on ordinary activities and/or to feel “normal”
  • others to understand the limits that illness causes
  • someone to listen

If you are the caregiver…

  • actively listen and support the expression of thoughts and feelings (understand each person’s response is unique)
  • if possible, offer practical support – shopping, or meal preparation, etc., or seek out others that can offer such support
  • remember, it is alright to ask for help
  • remember to take time for yourself

Hospice offers…

  • professional counselling for individuals and their families
  • relaxation therapy to manage stress and increase comfort
  • vigil support as the person nears life’s end and does not wish to be alone
  • information or referral to other community services
  • a lending library of books and videos
  • trained Hospice volunteers who may visit or offer respite