A Humanistic Approach To Working With A Terminally Ill Patient

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Jill took Brenda’s hand and asked “What are you thinking?” Crying, Brenda discussed how she felt the disease overcoming her and expressed that she may as well be dead. She discussed her daughter’s upcoming graduation and her desire to attend. Jill then told Brenda to “see it as a goal to aim towards.” Jill comforted and listened to Brenda as she cried and continued to talk. They joked about what Brenda would wear to her daughter’s graduation. What are some of the key points in this example?
In this example, Jill used a person-centered therapeutic approach by listening to Brenda relate her feelings and emotions concerning her illness and fears about her imminent outcome. Jill provided Brenda hope by telling her to set a “goal to aim towards“ (Preston, 2001). I feel that the goal was a realistic goal. The hope would cause Brenda to look more toward experiencing life opportunities instead of her demise. Jill allowed Brenda to express her feelings and emotions, allowing Brenda to release anxiety, thus, developing a greater sense of well-being. I feel that this is very beneficial to persons who are suffering from a terminal illness.
I know that I would want my service provider to be honest and upfront about my treatment and condition. I would want all the pertinent information that I could get even with the fear that I may experience from learning the information. At the same time, I would also want my service provider to be empathic and sensitive to my needs in their approach to my treatment. I would not want things to be “sugar-coated,” yet I would want them to be tactful in the relay of information. If positive and realistically attainable outcomes could be presented, I believe I would welcome and cling to the hope that those goals would provide. I do not believe this action would be unethical in any way. If I could die, even with a glimpse of hope for experiencing more of life, then I will be better for it. In reflectin View More »

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