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The Family and Terminal Illness

If your loved one has recently been diagnosed with a terminal illness, you can expect that there will be new challenges that you and your family members will experience.

Here are three things that will happen:

-Your lifestyles will change

With a sick loved one, you are presented with new errands to do on top of your usual responsibilities. You and your family members will have to become used to changing up your daily routines. There will be sacrifices you need to make, such as spending less time with your friends.

-Your family will take on different roles

Some members will take on the role of mediating fights. Others will accompany the ill loved one to appointments.

-Tensions will increase

It is normal for any family to have disagreements. In your situation, these disagreements and any resentments will elevate. You may find it frustrating, for instance, if one of your family members is not as willing as you are to help.

The most important part to remember is to cast aside whatever differences you have to be a united and supportive front for your terminally ill loved one.
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We Give Our Patients What They Need
 
Every patient under our care has is treated as an individual. This means that no two care plans we develop are the same. We make sure that all of our patients are given a customized care in order to help each one live comfortably at their own pace. For more information, visit www.gardendalehospice.com.

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One Tip When Dealing with Grieving People

It is easy to understand why you would want to help grieving people out. However, one thing to keep in mind is to give them some space. Do not barrage them with questions. Allow them to confide to you at a time that is right for them.

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How to Deal With Terminally Ill People

Something changes as soon as you hear that someone you love has been diagnosed with a terminal illness. Besides feeling upset that you now have limited time together, you are also awkward around them because you have no idea how to act and speak in front of them. Remember, though, it is important to focus your energy on the present instead of what will come in the future.

Here are some ways you can deal with them:

-Let them be part of your activities

You and your loved ones can still spend time together. Invite them to events you know they will enjoy. This shows that despite their illness, nothing has to change between your relationship dynamics.

-Read their cues

You can learn a lot from being a good observer. Listen to what they say. From there, you will know when to help, know what to say, and know when to give them their alone time.

-Do not focus on death

Your loved ones are still alive. Treat them accordingly. Do not associate them with dying and funerals. If you do talk about death, let them be the first to bring it up.
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Rest assured that the people who work for Gardendale Hospice LLC care deeply for our patients and their families. If you or your loved ones need physical, emotional, and spiritual support, we are here to be of service. Please reach us by calling 903-874-3232.

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We guarantee that when you put your trust in Gardendale Hospice LLC, we will make sure that you receive the care you rightfully deserve. Find out more by calling 903-874-3232 today.

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How to Help Your Grieving Friends

How do you show your friends you care when they lose someone? Since people grieve in their own ways, it is impossible to come up with a specific answer to this question. Saying “I am sending you and your family my condolences,” does not make up for the gravity of their loss. How, then, can you comfort them?

Here are some tips:

-Listen

Give them an avenue to talk about their loss. Let them talk about their feelings and do not let them hold anything back.

-Offer assistance

Be specific when you do this. You need to be the one to initiate your help. You can volunteer to help around the house. You may also drive them to places if they are in no state to do so themselves.

-Be careful with what you say

Do not treat your friends as fragile, but do think before you speak. Do not be overly optimistic by saying that the person they have lost is in a better place. You may mean well; however, they may not think so.
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Quote of the Day
 
“When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.” - Tecumseh

Think about all your blessings. Despite numerous challenges, you have even more things to be thankful for!

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We Are Here for You
 
You need all the support you can get. Whenever you need us, we are here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you live a better life. Visit www.gardendalehospice.com for more information.

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How to Deal with Anticipatory Grief
 
Anticipatory grief is that feeling of dread you experience when you know that your loved ones have limited time left. You can feel upset, angry, or devastated even before your loved ones leave the world. It is normal to feel this mix of emotions, but you must remember to deal with it. Here is how you can:
 
-Accept your grief

Do not hate yourself for feeling anticipated grief. Remember: your feelings are valid. You do not have to put on a happy face when you feel the complete opposite.
 
-Talk to other people

When you feel alone, remember that there are people who care about you. A listening ear will help you release your pent up emotions. You can join online support groups to speak with people who are experiencing the same things you feel.
 
-Know you are not giving up

You may have to accept that your loved ones will not recover from their illness, but it does not mean you are giving up. Your feeling of hope changes from hoping that they will recover, to hoping that they can spend comfortable and peaceful days with you.
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