It’s a common misconception that people receiving end-of-life care are unhappy and just waiting for the inevitable. However, a new study suggests that people in hospice care might be happier than we expect.
A recent study from the American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine found that patients receiving end-of-life care were generally content with their lives, with many finding a newfound appreciation for the simple things in life. The study, conducted with patients in a hospice in New Zealand, suggests that people receiving palliative care might be more content than we imagine.
Participants often talked about small, simple, and fleeting occurrences that brought them joy. For some, this focus on the simple things may have been a way of managing uncertainty about what the future might hold. Receiving a terminal diagnosis can change your outlook on life. The authors suggest that happiness may not increase, but it changes, and patients are able to take great satisfaction from things they would have previously taken for granted.
This isn’t the first study to suggest that death may not be as frightening for people approaching it as we imagine. A 2017 study compared the experience of people at the end of life with people imagining they were dying soon. It found that those facing imminent death were more positive than those imagining it, and those facing death became more positive as death approached.
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