Helpful Resources for …

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… someone faced with terminal illness, their family, colleagues and friends, and health care professionals. I encourage you to read on the subject and benefit from the unique experiences of others. There are many resources available. The following are just a few I found most helpful. Let me know if you have any suggestions.

Saying Goodbye: A Guide to Coping with a Loved One’s Terminal Illness by Barbara Okun Ph. D and Joseph Nowinski Ph. D | The book introduces you to the changing face of grief as patient’s survival times are prolonged due to medical advancement. It guides you through the five stages of family grief and may help you understand what to expect and how to prepare.

www.virtualhospice.ca | The Canadian Virtual Hospice provides a wealth of information and support on palliative and end-of-life care, loss and grief. A team of professionals can answer your personal questions on terminal illness and loss.

The Wheel of Life by Elizabeth Kübler-Ross | In this book Dr. Kübler-Ross tells the story of her extraordinary life. As one of the foremost authorities on death and dying, she speaks of her research on the five stages of death and life after death. It may help you understand and accept that death is part of life.

Help Me Live: Revised: 20 Things People with Cancer Want you to Know by Lori Hope | Targeted to family, friends and cancer survivors, this insightful book provides you with a better understanding of on patients’ feelings and thoughts. You consciously develop your list of do’s and don’ts.

Must-See Video for Health Professionals | I love Dr. Diane Meier’s approach in this video. Her “Ten Steps for What to Say and Do” can serve as a great tool for many medical professionals.

The First 30 Days: Your Guide to Making Any Change Easier by Ariane de Bonvoisin | This change expert introduces “The 9 Principles of Change” and describes how some people successfully manage change. This book is a great reference tool when we initiate change in our life (a new job, new goals) but it also applies when life imposes change. Supporting a loved one who is faced with a terminal illness is one of the most difficult changes we will face in life. Being aware of the principles may help you better reflect on your own situation and help you navigate through these difficult times.