In addition to the many painful emotions associated with a terminal illness of a loved one, there are also numerous decisions that need to be made for his or her future. Whether an aging parent, or a young child, and anything in-between, the difficulty in helping the loved one through this final phase can be difficult.
One needs to start considering possible therapies and treatments but also quality of remaining life versus quantity of days. Should one remain in a healthcare facility with treatments unproven or accept the inevitability of death and find joy in the final days of life? These decisions are not easy and especially made harder when the person is unable to make choices regarding their own health.
Please also review AIHCP’s Pastoral Thanatology Certification and see if it meets your academic and professional goals. The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification in Pastoral Thanatology
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