top of page
Supa Memorial Cancer Care



Caring for a family member with cancer or any other terminal illness can be emotionally, physically, and mentally challenging. On a day to day basis, helping your loved one live comfortably is just as important a task, which is what palliative care is all about. Here are a few things to remember when considering supportive care for your loved ones and as you navigate this difficult journey.

Supa Memorial Logo Mark

Understanding Cancer

  • Take the time to understand the specific type of cancer your family member has, its stage, and holistic treatment options. Knowledge can help alleviate fear and anxiety.

  • Communicate Openly: Encourage open and honest communication with your loved one about their diagnosis, treatment, and how they're feeling emotionally and physically.

  • Listen Actively: Allow your family member to express their feelings and concerns without judgment. Sometimes, all they need is someone to listen.

  • Offer Reassurance: Remind them that you're there for them, no matter what. Offer words of encouragement and comfort.

  • Be Patient: Understand that emotions can fluctuate during cancer treatment. Your loved one may experience anger, sadness, or frustration. Be patient and empathetic.

Cancer Care Atlanta Supa Memorial
Cancer Support Supa Memorial Atlanta

Supporting Cancer

  • Help with Appointments: Accompany your family member to medical appointments, take notes, and ask questions. This can provide both practical and emotional support.

  • Assist with Medications: Ensure they take their prescribed medications as directed and help manage any side effects. Keep a medication schedule if necessary.

  • Nutrition: Encourage a balanced diet and help with meal preparation, as some cancer treatments can affect appetite.

  • Manage Symptoms: Be attentive to any symptoms or side effects your loved one is experiencing and communicate them to their healthcare team promptly.

  • Assist with Daily Activities: Depending on their condition, your family member may need help with tasks such as bathing, dressing, and mobility.

  • Encourage Exercise: Support light physical activity if it's recommended by their healthcare team. It can help maintain strength and alleviate some treatment side effects.

End of Life Care is also important to consider. Easing the transition for family and friends before a loved-ones passing can be a daunting task both emotionally and physically. Here are a few tips to ensure the process is smooth. 

  • Hospice Care: If your family member's cancer is terminal, consider inpatient hospice or hospice at home care to provide comfort and support in their final days. Supa Memorial can provide you with lists of hospice physicians to provide customized care for elderly or terminal illness patients.  

  • Advance Care Planning: Discuss end-of-life wishes and preferences with your loved one, and ensure they have an advance directive in place. Factor in considerations for a living will, trust and/or bereavement

  • Monument services: Consider what custom grave monuments, cremation options, grave markers, bronze, granite or marble tombstones or other memorial services that fit your loved one's specific needs. 


Caring for a family member with cancer can be emotionally and physically taxing, but your support and presence can make a significant difference in their journey. Remember that seeking help, both for your loved one and for yourself, is a sign of strength and love.

bottom of page