Dignity Therapy applied to Patients with Progressive and Incurable Illness
Psychological suffering caused by the end of life can be a source of great intensity, existential and physical suffering .
Studied more than 20 years ago by Science, we know today that Dignity Therapy, when applied to people with terminal illness, helps to relieve this suffering.
Dignity at the End of Life
As a Dignity Therapist, what do I do during the process?
In addition to conducting and enabling Therapy, I try to permeate my therapeutic action with dignity.
This means that patients feel accepted, valued and honored which minimizes physical, social, psychological and spiritual pain.
For people with incurable and progressive disease, Dignity Therapy is performed in a maximum of 3 or 4 sessions. After reading the questions, the patient is guided into the questions that are asked.
The answers are recorded in audio, transcribed and edited.
A Legacy is then given to patient who will deliver copies to their loved ones.
Final Words for Final Moments
More than a Legacy: a conservative and peaceful farewell.
The structure of Dignity Therapy issues is scientifically designed to explore information that underlines the importance of themes like continuity of the 'Self', the preservation of roles, maintenance of pride, hope, and the meaning of life purpose.