Talking about death nowadays is still considered as taboo by many. But if your loved one is already facing a terminal illness, here’s what you need to do.
Facing the Diagnosis
There isn’t an easy way to cope with the diagnoses of a life-threatening illness. Once the diagnosis is revealed, there’s no turning back. Here’s what you can do:
- Find emotional support for you and your loved ones and the other members of the family.
- Consider the possibility of an end-of-life care for loved one.
- Prepare all the legal and financial matters before and after your loved one’s death.
How to Do the Long Goodbye
The downside of terminal illness is that you don’t have the exact date of when you and your loved ones will see each other for the last time. Here’s what you should do:
- Prepare yourself and your loved one with the arrival of death by ensuring them that every issue in the past has been resolved.
- Do not mourn every day on the idea of your loved one’s death. Instead, make more memories with them in the simplest, but memorable, way possible.
- Seek professional guidance and support to transition you and your family from the situation.
How You Should Talk About Death
There are different aspects of death that every family member needs to understand. One of the most crucial aspects of death is that talking about it is difficult. So, here are some tips of what you can do to start talking about it in the family:
- Start the conversation with a light introduction. Talk about a song or story that emulates the topic and comment on it as a subtle way of telling you to want to talk about death.
- Open the topic gently by asking specific questions, like “what are you worried about now?” Asking a terminally-ill loved one about his worries can help him or her share their real burden.
- Talk to a doctor about the situation to prepare you for the physical changes or even pain that your loved one may feel.