How does palliative care help?

Palliative care is a branch of medicine that cares for patients’ wellbeing in three key categories: physical, emotional, and spiritual.

Palliative care seeks to alleviate physical pain while also recognizing emotional and spiritual needs during a patient’s serious or terminal illness. These doctors often speak with patients and their families about how serious illness affects relationships, and together they work through processing a range of emotions.

“Our health is a balance. If one area is not being tended to, we’re not going to reach optimal health.”

Palliative care teams sometimes help patients spiritually by connecting them with a chaplain. Chaplains assist patients to foster their relationship with God, as well as help family members come to greater peace and understanding of their loved one’s illness.