Dying Well

Death is an inevitable part of life. However, few of us know just what to do or say or how to find the support we need when we are nearing the end of our lives and saying our final goodbyes.

CST_logoDying Well—The Final Stage of Survivorship is an informative, supportive, and reassuring program. It is designed to teach you more about your choices and resources, as well as what to expect during this last stage of survival. After listening to the “Dying Well” Toolbox program, you and your loved ones will be better prepared to:

View the Dying Well Resource Booklet (PDF)


Download the Dying Well audio program for free from our online store.
Dying Well is also available at no cost on iTunes.
Additionally, Dying Well is included in a download of the full Cancer Survival Toolbox from our online store.


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Introduction

Hear about many different resources that confront the stages of dying and focus on reassuring cancer survivors. 


Choices and Control

Hear Betsy explain about her mother’s condition worsening and how they worked together to make straightforward decisions. 


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Managing Hope and Expectations

Hear the narrator explain that persons who are dying are also still living and should maintain hope. 


Managing Anxiety and Depression

Listen to Darrel, a cancer survivor, explain how anxiety affected his life and what he did to deal with it. 


To Treat or Not to Treat

Hear a support group talk through the decision of ending aggressive treatment and learn the importance of palliative care and support at this time. 


Living with Dying

Listen to Lupe, a hospice nurse, talk through the last few months of life and explain that comfort should be the number one priority. 


Hospice and Palliative Care

Hear about what hospice does and be reassured that you have the right to choose aggressive treatment or to settle at home at end of life. 


Symptom Management

Learn some of the symptoms one might encounter when nearing the end of their life. Understanding these symptoms is important to ensure comfort and support. 


Signs of Approaching Death

Listen to a list of the most common physical signs that a body may be approaching death. 


Role of Spirituality

Hear how a person’s spirituality can help them find a meaning in the end of life. 


Managing Grief

Learn about “the tasks of mourning” as they are a part of the normal grief process. 


Conclusion

Hear of a few more resources that can put end of life in perspective and be a support to survivors and their families. 


Dying Well Available on iTunes  Note: Dying Well – The Cancer Survival Toolbox is also available for FREE on iTunes. 

The “Dying Well” module of the Cancer Survival Toolbox is available as a stand-alone program in the NCCS Store.