Marie Curie: Vital Support through Terminal Illness

Discover the vital work done by Marie Curie, the charity who offer support and care through terminal illness.

This post was written in association with Marie Curie, the charity offering care and support to those living with a terminal illness. I have not received a fee for this post

For someone living with a terminal illness, the right care is absolutely vital.

If they’ve been recently diagnosed, they may have a lot of questions such as how long do I have left, or how do I tell my family about my diagnosis. And while they are living with a terminal illness, they may need help accessing support or with administering medical care.

The right care is vital for their families as well. They will have their own questions about the care of their loved one, as well as needing support after someone dies.

Who are Marie Curie?

The charity was established in1948, and was originally known as the Marie Curie Memorial Foundation.

It’s named after the Nobel prize winning scientist, who died in 1934 from cancer which was caused by exposure to radiation in her ground breaking research. She contributed hugely to cancer research so its fitting that this charity bears her name.

What do Marie Curie do?

Marie Curie is committed to ensuring access to high-quality palliative and end of life care and support for people living with a terminal illness and their families.

What that means in practice is that they provide a range of services from hospice in-patient and day patient care, to community nursing care, and counselling services after someone has died.

The charity now operate nine hospices in cities across the UK. Many people wrongly believe that hospices are simply places where people go to die, but a hospice offers far more than that. They offer support to help people live with their terminal illness, and to make the most of the time they have.

Marie Curie also have nurses and healthcare assistants who can care for patients in their own home. They can administer medication and help with personal care, as well as liaising with the district nurses.

And Marie Curie also have their fabulous Helper Volunteers, who are available to support anyone with a terminal illness aged 18 or over and their family members. They’re there to have a chat over a cup of tea, help patients get to their appointments, or run errands.

Or they can just be there to listen if someone needs a friendly ear, and sometimes that can be the most important care of all.

There’s also a support helpline available on 0800 090 2309 from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 11am to 5pm on Saturday. It’s staffed by trained volunteers and nurses are available on the helpline on Mondays to Fridays.

Vital support when it’s needed most

The palliative care my mother received towards the end of her life meant that she was able to die at home. This decision was really important for her, and gave her great comfort.

Other people may require occasional respite care in a hospice, or may not be able to go home at the end of their life.

In today’s society, there are a lot of questions over how we die and how we deal with death and grieving. So organisations like Marie Curie provide vitally important services to those living with a terminal illness and their loved ones.

Over the rest of this year, I’ll be taking a look at the work that Marie Curie do, and featuring some of the ways that you can help to support their vital fundraising.

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