End-of-Life Experiences: Advice for Caregivers
It is common, in hospice and palliative care settings, for family members, friends, or other caregivers to be offered resource material about what to expect from the dying process. The aim is to reassure caregivers that these developments are normal so that they don’t feel alarmed or even responsible in some way. However, a gap existed in the available resource material. The dying process is, of course, psychological as well as physical, and often features subjective experiences. Caregivers deserve to be reassured that it is normal for them to occur. After consulting with hospice physicians and nurses, I discovered that the phenomena described regularly occur and can be viewed and described in a completely neutral way.