Talking about what palliative care means

While death is a natural part of the circle of life, it can be extremely difficult to talk about. Many people avoid the topic of dying for this very reason. That said, openly and honestly talking about death can be incredibly helpful and healing. 

Read on to learn more about our palliative care in Chadwell Heath, Romford services and how sharing your feelings about dying can make it easier for everyone to cope.

What is palliative care?

Palliative care is offered to people who have been diagnosed with a terminal or incurable illness such as cancer or dementia. It can be offered at any stage of a person’s illness, whether that be their final days, weeks, months or even years. Palliative care takes a holistic approach to care, ensuring that the ‘whole’ person is looked after. This means that in addition to looking after physical aspects of a person’s condition, emotional, psychological and spiritual support is offered too. Support for emotional wellbeing is also offered to family and friends. Thanks to palliative care, a person with a life-limiting condition can live well and be as comfortable as possible in the time they have left. 

The value in talking about death

We understand that talking about death isn’t easy. But while it requires courage and effort, allowing someone to express their fears and process their feelings can be extremely beneficial to all involved. These days, there are even things like ‘death cafés’ to increase awareness and encourage openness about death. Speaking about death can also give your loved one peace of mind that you will be able to cope when they are gone. 

While speaking about dying can be uncomfortable, refusing to provide a safe and supportive space for this difficult conversation to happen can create tension between loved ones, increase feelings of sadness, fear and anxiety, and even delay practical matters such as the creation of a will or making funeral arrangements according to a person’s wishes. 

Supporting your family – a safe space to talk about death 

We have 40 years of experience providing palliative and end-of-life care to residents. To ensure the support we provide is as sensitive and respectful as possible, our registered manager leads all carers in ‘death, dying and bereavement’ training. 

Our experience also enables us to help your loved one feel as comfortable as possible during their final chapter. To create a bespoke care plan that’s in line with their needs and wishes, we’ll coordinate with your loved one and their wider team of healthcare professionals to ensure all their needs and preferences are met. This also makes sure your loved one is truly receiving continuity of care. Knowing that your loved one is in good hands can give you peace of mind and allow you to spend quality time together during your visits instead of worrying about their needs. 

Get in touch 

Our palliative care services are here to support you and your loved one during this difficult and emotional time. If you could benefit from our sensitive support, please feel free to get in touch or give us a call on either 0800 999 8499 or 0208 597 4175. Our compassionate team would be pleased to answer any of your questions or support you in whatever way we can.