Death, dying and bereavement are subjects that are often difficult for people to talk about. Just as health services support people with the prevention of ill health, diagnosis and treatment, we can also support individuals and families in the last phase of life. Health care staff can help families to have conversations when there are no more treatment options.
We can provide ongoing care that will be palliative - that is care that is aimed at keeping people comfortable - to get the most out of the time they have left.
As well as symptom management and psychological care, we can be part of conversations such as: where do they want to be when they die, have they got a will, what is their position on organ donation, funeral arrangements, religious and cultural needs, etc.
It's important to ask if your family know your thoughts on these areas. Having conversations in advance is not morbid or insensitive, it is a chance to set your affairs in order and can guide a family at a difficult time and bring comfort.
Aspects that we can support you with include:
Physically (place of death, advance care planning)
Emotionally (talking about death, making sure loved ones are cared for)
Financially (making a will, making funeral plans)
Spiritually (How different faith groups talk about and prepare for death)
Digitally (Looking at digital assets, social media, online banking)