Impact on Loved Ones After Terminal Illness Diagnosis

The diagnosis of a terminal illness doesn’t just affect the person diagnosed. It has a far reaching emotional and practical impact on relatives, friends and children.

Caring for a terminally ill person can be very stressful. The people around you are trying to hold their own emotions in check in order to support you while knowing that they will inevitably lose you.

Who you choose to tell and when is your decision. You don’t have to tell people but if you are open you are more likely to receive the help and support you will need.

How to deal with people?

  • People will have differing reactions and some will be able to cope better than others.
  • Some people will struggle with your diagnosis because it makes them face their own mortality. This may be a chance to discuss the topic openly and honestly and for those around you to gain an emotional benefit.
  • Children tend to pick up the signs that something is wrong. It is best to tell them what is happening as soon as possible rather than levave them wondering what is happening.
  • The stress of caring for someone with a terminal illness is immense and those around you will need some time away to be able to maintain some semblance of a normal life to continue when you have die. They will need a break.. As much as you need them, let them keep on with normal activities.
  • It is important you spend time with those you love when you get the chance and if you can, express how you feel. This can be very helpful when you have died and the people left behind have to deal with their feelings. An open dialogue before death can help lessen issues after.

If you feel that friends, family or children aren’t coping then encourage them to find the help and support of other people in the same position.