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Pain Management for the Dying

 Released: 01/09/2024

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Compassionate Pain Relief in End-of-Life Care: Understanding Management and Medication

When the shadows of life grow long and the light at the end of the tunnel becomes clear, pain management becomes a paramount concern for both patients and caregivers.

In our latest heartfelt episode, we venture into the delicate realm of ensuring comfort for those on their sacred final journey. Addressing the elephant in the room, we dispel common myths surrounding pain medication at the end of life, reassuring you that these treatments are there to soothe, not to hasten the inevitable. We take a closer look at the different types of pain, and how a meticulous approach to pain management can transform a patient’s end-of-life experience into one of peace and dignity.

Imagine witnessing a loved one’s serene transition, free from the clutches of discomfort and pain. Our discussion brings to light a case where a patient’s shingles-induced nerve pain was managed effectively through precise medication logs and timely intervention, exemplifying the profound impact of proactive pain relief strategies. The collaboration between caregivers and hospice nurses is nothing short of inspiring, highlighting the importance of a detailed logbook and the foresight to administer relief before pain escalates. Together, we explore the art of pain management that allows for cherished final moments with family and friends.

As we conclude this episode, we not only share the essentials of a hospice comfort kit but also extend an invitation to our upcoming free training webinars. These sessions are designed to enrich your capacity to provide compassionate care and to embrace the end-of-life process as a natural, shared experience. It’s a journey we navigate together, and your participation is invaluable. So join us for more insights, as we continue to support each other in this profound aspect of life on Ask a Death Doula.

We dive into:

(00:05 – 03:53) Pain Management at End of Life
(03:54 – 04:49) Addressing Addiction Concerns in End-of-Life Care
(06:06 – 08:14) End-of-Life Pain
(21:07 – 22:47) Use of Lorazepam in Medical Treatment
(25:40 – 26:44) Understanding the Death Rattle
(29:45 – 30:44) Sublingual Medications for End of Life


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