CST_logoAlthough death is an inevitable part of life, 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. Dying Well—The Final Stage of Survivorship is an informative, supportive, and reassuring program designed to teach you more about your choices and resources and what to expect during this last stage of survival. After listening to this Toolbox program, you and your loved ones will be better prepared to:

  • Communicate with the members of your cancer care team, as well as family, friends, employers, and coworkers
  • Manage hopes and expectations
  • Deal with any anxiety or depression that may arise
  • Make decisions about symptom management (including controlling pain) and continuing or stopping treatment
  • Recognize what is happening during the dying process
  • Make informed decisions about hospice/palliative care
  • Manage grief

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

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Survivor Stories: 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. 

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Survivor Stories: Managing Anxiety and Depression

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

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Survivor Stories: 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. 

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Survivor Stories: 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. 

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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. 

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Survivor Stories: 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. 

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Signs of Approaching Death

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

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Survivor Stories: Role of Spirituality

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

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Survivor Stories: Managing Grief

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

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

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Note: This module of the toolbox is available as a stand-alone program in the NCCS Publications Store.