In this session we dive deeply into 3 main aspects of 'Reducing Suffering During Advanced Illness.'
There is so much misunderstanding about what can be most helpful here and there is not much clear guidance, as this time period of "advanced illness" (and what this means) is the murkiest of all! This is the time period when so much needless suffering occurs.
One of the biggest things that so many people misunderstand (including healthcare professionals) is thinking that palliative care is only for hospice. This is just one issue we will delve into; it's one of the most important ones to understand in this time period, way before hospice is even a consideration.
And, if treatments begin to stop working and dying is actually happening instead of regaining health, speaking about dying can become miserably uncomfortable for all involved. The family will not say what they see happening—AND the healthcare team is not suggesting dying is happening either, for their own reasons.
Deanna has witnessed this happening often, like so many of you have. She brings solutions and understanding as there are many factors that play into this. But, the most important thing that is taught in this class is what you can do to be most helpful.
“Spirit led me to your program. You and QLC allowed me to take baby steps into healing myself and into understanding (not being afraid of) my calling.”
- Cheryl D. Durden, Crossroads Doula