Chronic illness and end-of-life issues

The diagnosis of a chronic illness or the knowledge that the end-of-life is nearing can create emotional pain that may be as difficult to manage as the physical pain. The long-term nature of coping with chronic illness places difficult demands on physical health, mental health, and emotional well-being. In addition to the medical challenges of chronic illness, patients struggle with feelings of fear, anger, powerlessness, and uncertainty. The physical limitations of one’s illness can make it difficult to continue with work, daily activities, and interactions with family and friends. The psychologists at Swerdlow-Freed Psychology can help you find the strength to meet the challenges of a chronic illness and the resilience to maintain a positive perspective on life.

We offer support, compassion, and comfort to individuals and families facing end-of-life issues. The opportunity to prepare for death can be both a gift and a burden. We provide a supportive environment in which you can express your emotions, reflect upon your past experiences and accomplishments, and identify and communicate your needs to family and friends. Our assistance is designed to help you face the future with dignity and self-confidence.

Chronic illness and end-of-life issues may include:

  • Assisting individuals and family members to accept death and dying
  • Assisting the chronically ill in managing physical and emotional changes
  • Coping with chronic or terminal illness in adults
  • Coping with chronic or terminal illness in children
  • Living with chronic illness such as AIDS, arthritis, cancer, or diabetes
  • Supporting family members when a loved one has a chronic illness
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