Pain associated with a life-limiting illness or at the end of life requires special attention and can best be treated by a palliative care or hospice provider. Palliative care and hospice providers are not only experts at physical pain control at the end of life, but are compassionate professionals who can help bring peace and comfort to the last months and weeks of life.
Just as pain at earlier times in life may be both physical and emotional, this is also true for pain at the end of life. Physical and emotional pain may increase as a person deals with the ‘business’ the end of life can bring. There are financial affairs that may need attention; discussions about the kind of care needed and wanted; visits to spend time with loved ones; conversations to bring closure to any issues or relationship a person at the end of life may want to resolve and working through any fears that the end of life may bring.
Physical pain and emotional pain at the end of life can best be addressed by working with a palliative care or hospice team. The team will include professionals who are trained to help manage your physical and emotional pain so that the end of life is as comfortable as it can be. The goal of both palliative and hospice care is to manage a person’s pain so that the person receiving care can get on with the business of living and enjoy their days!
For more information about managing pain at the end of life, visit the pain section on the Caring Connections website.