This book contains several ways you can comfort and care for a dying loved one. At the end of life an essential part of the medical care is comfort care. Comfort care helps or mollifies a person who is dying. Comfort care aims at preventing or relieving suffering as much as possible and it helps in improving the quality of life while respecting the dying person's wishes. Many people have no knowledge about comfort care when someone close to them is dying. They want to know how to give comfort, what to say, what to do. It is good to know how to make dying easier - how to help ensure a peaceful death, with treatment consistent with the dying person's wishes. A peaceful death might mean something different to you than to someone else. Sick people might want to know when death is near so they can have a few last words with the people they love and take care of personal matters. Some people might want to die quickly and not linger. Some would like to be at home when they die, while some want to be in a hospital where they can receive treatment for their illness until the very end. Some people want to be surrounded by family and friends; others want to be alone. Often one does not get to choose. But, avoiding suffering, having your end-of-life wishes followed, and being treated with respect while dying are common hopes. Four areas of cares that need to be considered when caring for the dying include bodily care, psychological and emotional needs, spiritual matters, and practical tasks. The families of the dying also need support.
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