End of Life Planning
Patients and families battling terminal cancer such as mesothelioma are faced with a number of issues that often take time away from enjoying time with friends and loved ones upon reaching later stage cancer. While issues such as hospice care, funeral and estate planning, wills and do-not-resuscitate instructions are not something most families want to focus on, planning can make the final days of a patient’s much more comfortable and stress free. For our visitors, we’ve assembled resources on a variety of topics. Please explore below.
Living trusts can be extremely helpful in estate planning for those diagnosed with terminal cancer and their families, including those diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma. Please learn more about asset management and your options here.
“Last Will and Testaments” dictate the terms of an individual’s wealth and asset distribution as well as other terms associated with their passing. A “Do-not-resuscitate” order is a legal document dictating the limits of care that patient’s desire. Patients dealing with terminal cancers such as pleural mesothelioma will often create DNRs and alert family members of their wishes. Learn more about will and DNR resources that may be of assistance to you and your family here.
For some individuals dealing with terminal cancer, the ability to die peacefully at home is an important priority. There are a number of options available for in-home care such as hospice and other specialty programs. Learn more about the resources available to help families and caregivers find appropriate in-home care for loved ones.
While many patients and families would understandably be averse to entering into discussions of funeral planning prior to a patient’s death, it is important to understand that a wake and funeral can often be the most tangible celebration of a loved one’s life, giving all an opportunity to express mourning and condolences. We urge you and your family to explore our funeral and wake resources and determine the course of action you’re most comfortable with.
Certainly there are a number of community organizations and other resources for patients dealing with end of life issues, including long term care, hospice planning, and meal delivery services for the sick and homebound. We urge you to find out more about resources available in your area today.