Cancer Support Group

Saturday, Jul 11th

Last update:06:42:40 AM GMT

Psychosocial Aspects and Care for Terminal Illness

The family has the following Rights
  • Enjoy good health without feeling guilty
  • Choose what / whom to talk about the cancer
  • Even a child has the right to know
  • Be told the truth about the cancer
  • Disagree with the cancer patient
  • Get angry without feeling guilty
  • Feel what I FEEL not what I SHOULD FEEL
  • Look after MY NEEDS – take time out
  • Get outside help if I cannot manage on my own.
Bereavement Counseling
  • Anticipated death is more traumatic than sudden death
  • Anticipated guidance – before death to both patient and family
  • After death – helping the family to cope with the grief process
Bereavement Counseling: Principles
  • Time to visit – especially the first
  • Counselor should listen – family should talk
  • Non–verbal communication is important
  • When tension increases offer support
  • Explain – to grieve is normal
  • Don’t blame, criticize, talk down
  • Don’t agree if their view is distorted
  • Permission and encouragement to grieve
  • Permission and encouragement to stop Grieving and start Living
Bereavement Counseling: Principles
Bereavement Counseling: Principles
Effective communication boosters
  • Smile
    • Indicates positive attitude
    • Respect for other person
    • Friendliness
    • Openness
  • Touch – A sensory input which can aid communication if done respectfully
  • Be Flexible – things do not always, our perceptions
  • Be Likeable– Trust in the speaker starts effective communication
  • Be Truthful– Credibility once lost is hard to regain
In the words of Benjamin Disraeli time is precious but truth is more precious than time

Care Givers Dilemma
Role of the Care Giver
  • Help patients
  • Help family
  • Help self
Patients and Family needs to cope
  • Fear of Pain
  • Fear of Dying
  • Confusion/Uncertainty
  • Anger
  • Depression
  • Sense of Isolation
  • Physical manifestations of Terminal Diseases
  • Demands made on Family and Friends
  • Practical support – legal, financial, etc.
What a Professional Care Giver Needs
  • Self Esteem
  • Imagination
  • Flexibility
  • Humour
  • Compassion
  • Courage
  • Readiness to take on Challenges
How can a Professional Care Giver
Share – Decisions & Responsibilities
  • Mutual support & Respect
  • Good Communication Skills within the Team
  • Realistic common goals


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