- Listen and be present. It can be hard for a person with terminal cancer to talk about their feelings, but it's important to let them know that you are there for them. Just listening and being present can be a great help.
- Offer to help with practical tasks. Offer to help with errands, shopping, or other household tasks. This can take some of the burdens of the patient and their family.
- Provide emotional support. Encourage the patient to talk about their feelings and offer words of encouragement. Remember that everyone deals with a terminal cancer diagnosis differently, so be understanding and non-judgmental.
- Help with research and information gathering. Many people with terminal cancer want to know as much as possible about their condition and treatment options. Offer to help research treatment options, and clinical trials or locate support groups or resources in the community.
- Offer to provide transportation. Help the patient and their family get to and from appointments, treatments, or other events.
- Help with child care. If the patient has children, offer to help with child care so the patient and their partner can have some time alone.
- Help with meals. Offer to cook meals or bring over pre-made meals to the patient and their family.
- Donate. Donate to a cancer charity or organization in the patient's name, or donate to the Emily Ann Foundation which provides financial assistance toterminal cancer patients and their families.
- Stay in touch. Even if you can't be there in person, stay in touch with the patient and their family through phone calls, text messages, or emails.
- Respect their wishes. Remember that everyone's experience with terminal cancer is different, and it's important to respect the patient's wishes and decisions.
It is also important to remember that caring for a loved one with terminal cancer can be emotionally and physically draining for both the patient and the caregiver. It is essential to take care of yourself and seek support if needed. Seek support through counseling, support groups, or other resources.
In conclusion, supporting a friend or family member who has just received a terminal cancer diagnosis is not easy, but it can make a big difference in their quality of life. Remember to be present, offer help and emotional support, help with practical tasks, and respect their wishes. The Emily Ann Foundation is also a great resource for providing financial assistance and other support. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of those affected by terminal cancer.