End-Of-Life Concerns

Thinking about death can be so scary or overwhelming that you may be tempted to suppress the thoughts and delay end-of-life preparations. This is a normal reaction, but it’s important to face your fears and take practical steps to plan for the end, so that you and your family can enjoy the remaining time you have together in peace and comfort.

Here are some steps you can take to feel more in control and prepare yourself and your family for whatever may lie ahead:

Prepare your will, living will and advanced directives ahead of time. Many people with cancer find that this relieves them of some anxiety about how their wishes about dying will be honored.

Communicate with your family and your doctor about your needs, wishes and expectations for end-of-life care.

Seek out a counselor, spiritual advisor or support group to explore your feelings and concerns about preparing for death.

Find out what hospice care is available in your area and talk with members of your healthcare team, friends or other contacts to assess which one might provide the best care for your situation.

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