Chapter 1: Exploring feelings while living with a serious diagnosis
What was going to happen to husband? What was going to happen to me and the kids? I was scared.For someone receiving a life-limiting diagnosis and living with advanced illness, fear can take many forms. A big part of dealing with fears is naming them. Fear of the unknown is a common theme. Click the arrows to view some common questions.
"What happens when someone dies?"
"What will the experience be along the way?"
"Will there be pain?"
"Will the person be treated with dignity?"
“Will this be a burden on my family?"
It’s not easy to talk about your fears, especially when you’re feeling vulnerable. However, when you do reach out, you will find information and support available to help you.
What may help
Reading about symptoms of illness, like pain and constipation, may help you to feel more confident about the care you will receive.
Spiritual care may be appropriate. Spiritual needs can be met regardless of whether the person has religious beliefs. Professional pastoral care staff can assist. Helpful resources
Caregiver module series: Module 7: Recognizing symptoms to assess comfort and care