Terminal Illness: What happens after the awful news
Terminal illnesses happen to both the young and the old. Age and gender are not spared.
“It’s a terminal illness” are perhaps the worst words you could ever hear from your doctor. That and “there’s nothing we can do’” or “we’ll make you as comfortable as possible”.
These are phrases which are often associated with giving up as well as the end of life.
But they don’t have to be. If you are a diagnosed with a terminal condition, it’s true to say that you now have a point in time where you will most likely pass away.
But, the truth is that time already existed, you just weren’t aware of it. Death is a fact of life and. sooner or later, it comes for us all.
Being given a life expectancy can actually be incredibly rewarding, though it won’t feel like that at the time. That’s why first, you need to come to terms with what’s happening.
How to Cope with Your Situation
It may be a cliche, but most people do pass through five stages of grief. These are denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.
You might think that you’ve escaped a few of these stages. Or, you never passed through them at all. But they can hit you at any time.
Denial is essentially deciding you’re going to get better, even after the diagnosis. Anger is blaming someone for what’s happening to you. Bargaining is perhaps asking god for more time if you live a better life. Depression will usually begin with people no longer talking to their friends and family. Finally, once you reach acceptance, you’ll be able to do more in the time you have left.
That’s why you want to reach this stage as quickly as possible. But you can’t expect it to happen the day after your diagnosis. Usually, it will take at least a few months.
Preparing For Your Death
Once you have accepted your fate, you can begin preparing for what happens when you pass away.
If you have children, you can think about who will look after them. You may also want to consider finances.
Funerals can be expensive, and that’s why many people look at services like divine departure funerals. They offer prepaid funeral plans, and this means you’re not leaving loved ones with an expensive bill.
You can also look at insurance plans and how much you will leave to your loved ones when your time comes to an end. Knowing that people will be looked after can give patients a lot of relief in their final days.
Living A Full Life
If you know when you’re going to die you have one important advantage.
You don’t have to worry about any time past that point. That means that you can essentially use all your savings and the money you have accumulated over the years.
You can travel the world, visit the places you’ve said you would visit when you were well, and do everything you ever wanted.
Some terminal patients live a better quality of life in their final years than most people do for the entire time they spend in this world. The sound of a ticking clock can really make you appreciate and explore the world around you.
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