The diagnosis of a serious or life-limiting illness can have profound effects on a person, as well as on the person’s surrounding family and friends. Suddenly, life and death can take on important new meanings.
The challenge of facing such a diagnosis involves living with uncertainty while still wanting to maintain meaningful control over whatever may lie ahead. At Victoria Hospice, we try to help you find a way through the overwhelming emotions and practical realities of coping with this illness … to reach a level of acceptance that allows you and your loved ones to make the most of whatever time remains.
It’s about living with an illness, rather than dying from an illness.
Some people facing a terminal diagnosis fear that registering with Victoria Hospice means that death is imminent, that they’re ‘giving up hope’ or that hospice palliative care is only for the very final days or hours of life.
For others, however, who decide to register early - even before they actually may need any specific help from Victoria Hospice – many opportunities for comfort and support become available to both patients and their families during the weeks or months ahead.