When the diagnosis is made, the patient and their loved ones must face a new reality. Everyone reacts differently. Addressing difficult subjects and communicating in an appropriate way can be a chellenge for the patient and their loved ones.
Tips to make communication easier
Tips for the patient
- Live in the present moment.
- Discuss wishes and worries about your care and death (see Appendix A – What matters to patients at the end of life).
- Find things you enjoy.
- Share your life story.
- Allow yourself to feel your emotions.
- Respect your limits.
Tips for the family
- Be honest, show respect and stay true to yourself.
- Respect the patient’s decisions.
- Continue to do activities with the patient, if possible.
- Do not avoid the subject of death or fears.
- Share your fond memories and express your gratitude.
- Help the patient stay in contact with their friends and family.
- Take the time to share what matters to you without too much delay (this could reduce regrets after death).