(WINNIPEG, Manitoba) -- While there’s no easy way to prepare for death, “dignity therapy” may help provide relief.
According to researchers at the University of Manitoba, this individualized psychotherapy helps terminally ill patients and their families deal with approaching death by providing patients with an opportunity to reflect on things that matter most to them or that they would most like remembered.
When compared to client-centered or standard palliative care, patients receiving dignity therapy were more likely to report improved quality of life, increased sense of dignity, a change in how their family saw and appreciated them and overall improved spiritual well-being.
While dignity therapy is also reported to reduce levels of sadness and depression, none of the therapies had any effect on levels of distress.
The researchers' findings were published in The Lancet Oncology.
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