Key concerns among palliative patients
- Changine perception of time, what it imeans and how to spend it
- Suffering that results fromthe experience of hearing a terminal diagnosis for the first time and the need to communicate effectively with health care professionals
- Physical pain, its reality, and its effect on the individual
- The importance of being touched and being “in touch”
- The natural process of life review
- Speaking and hearing truth
- Longing and belonging, with regard to the past, who they were to their original families, as well as, in the present with regard to their chosen family.
- Asking the question, “”Who I am?” in the search to know who they are in the present, free of the expectations of others.
- Experiencing transcendence-meaning, value, God, spirituality, a higher being greater than onself.
FERREL, B AND COYLE, N. 2010. Oxford Textbook of Palliative Care Nursing. 3rd ed. Oxford University Press, New York. p. 14.