Many patients and their caregivers wonder about the next steps when cancer is very advanced and treatment is no longer working or has been stopped. We are here to strive to foster End of Life care by offering to the last days and hours of cancer patient’s life (and their families) with non-medical interventions to giving due respect to the patients’ s wishes and values.
Talking about dying and end of life care can be very hard for the patients and their caregivers. We adopt a multi-disciplinary case management approach and arrange a number of seminar-based programmes to provide practical advices for caring the patients at advanced stage and introduce the families to palliative services available in Hong Kong as well as other practical resources. Patients will also have the opportunity to express their wishes about how care should be conducted and the arrangement after their death.
Losing a loved one to cancer can be a painful and difficult time for the whole family. Our bereavement support service prepares people who are expected to be affected by the death of a loved one. We not only provide emotional support to the families while they are coping with the loss, but also arrange different family bonding activities during the end-of-life journey such as family photo taking session to give them precious memories to treasure when the patient passed away.
With the limitation on social gatherings in Hong Kong, we provide counselling via telephone and conduct programmes via Zoom to support our patients and families in need as much as possible. All service users involved in the project have positive feedbacks on usefulness and satisfaction particularly on understanding community resources available, coping skills, advance directive and personal plan, pain management and building up family relationships.
I would like to thank you all who have supported us throughout the year. Your generosity means a lot to us at this challenging time. Every dollar from you will definitely make a true difference to these families and help them to sail through the tough time.
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