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 Emotional Concerns
Serious illness can bring a sense of uncertainty and open up a wide range of emotions. This is true for the patient as well as those close to him or her. For the patient, feelings may be very mixed. There may be fear, sadness, loss, anger, or guilt. Your care team understands these feelings and knows that everyone is unique in their experience. Their expertise and support can be very useful in helping people sort out their feelings. Let your Hospice Social Worker know if you could use some emotional support. They can also provide a family or group meeting to help people talk through feelings and concerns together.
An Emotional Checklist for Those on Hospice Care
→ Clarify your goals by asking, “What is most important to me now?”
→ Let others know how they can help you and be clear about what you’d like to do
for yourself.
→ Be aware of people and activities that deplete your energy. After visiting with someone or doing a task, ask yourself “Did that experience take my energy or did it give me energy and leave my heart lighter?”
→ Consider a written reminiscence about your life. Ask your Hospice Social Worker about workbooks that can serve as a guide for recording your memories, thoughts, and feelings.
→ Consider writing letters, both for now and as a way to share in future occasions, such as the marriage of one of your children.
→ Find new ways to spend “quality time” as you go through physical and emotional changes in your relationships.
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