End Of Life Care Information

End-of-Life Care Articles

A Patient's Perspective on Grief

Published with the permission of the Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA)

When you face your own death, you grieve. This means you will have a wide range of thoughts, feelings, and responses over the course of your illness. Your reactions may be so strong that you feel frightened or overwhelmed – this is quite normal. It helps to be prepared for them, because these reactions will be a necessary part of your grieving.
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End-of-life Care for Terminally Ill Participants in Clinical Research
By MANISH AGRAWAL, M.D., and MARION DANIS, M.D. Reprinted with permission.
Efforts to improve end-of-life care in the United States have paid little attention to the unique concerns of participants in clinical research who are terminally ill. In this paper we focus attention on and offer an analysis of how to meet the needs of these individuals. To address their concerns, we consider how to reconcile two important tasks: providing optimal end-of-life care and conducting clinical research.
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Journey’s End – A Guide to Understanding the Final Stages of the Dying Process
By Deborah Sigrist B.S.N., R.N.
 “The dying process involves work as the person gradually lets go.  If the body can be made comfortable, the person is free to work on matters of the heart in preparation for death.  This work may include completing unfinished business, finding meaning in life and reflecting on past and present relationships.  Dying is not for the faint-hearted.  It takes great courage and trust to see this to the end.”
This pamphlet is available through most hospice societies.