How to visit a terminally ill loved one

family goes over palliative care with nurse

Everyone must face death one day. Visiting a terminally ill patient is important as it helps to relieve the patient and their family members. Visiting a terminally ill patient can be beneficial to you as well. It gives you an opportunity to fulfill your responsibility towards society and teach you many lessons about the way humans perceive life. Plus, it feels good to show your love to someone who is in pain.

You might also imagine how one day you might be in the same place. It’s important to show empathy, and try to feel the emotions of the patient. This will help you face the reality of their death. People often avoid visiting a dying person because they are fearful and don’t want to face the reality of mortality or experience the emotions of sadness or loss. However, by taking the first step and reaching out to someone who is glad to see you can be life affirming for both of you.

You can also benefit from this opportunity by comparing their life to the ultimate end of your life. It is an opportunity to rethink what you are doing and what is the purpose of your life. Is your life only for you, or does it have a meaningful purpose?

You should always keep the elements of empathy, respect, forgiveness, and lesson learning when you visit someone terminally ill to make your visit valuable. 

To make the visit special and meaningful, you can share stories of their life or take photos or mementos that remind them of the good times you shared. Next time you visit someone with a terminal illness, know you are doing a great service to you both by sharing the precious moments they have left. 

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