Facing end of life
This section is designed to help you understand more about the issues facing people who are dying with cancer, and the people caring for them. We hope it will provide support and direction during this period.
We discuss how you may feel after being told you have a life-limiting illness and are approaching the end of life, and how family and friends may react.
Knowing that you have a short time to live raises many difficult questions. Sometimes, you may not be sure if you want to know the answers. We discuss some of the common concerns you may have.
We offer ideas for starting conversations about dying, and managing emotional and spiritual needs associated with end of life.
We describe the common symptoms experienced towards the end of life and how they can be managed to maintain quality of life.
Deciding where you would like to die is a personal decision. We look at the different options that may be available.
Getting your affairs in order can be an important task in the final stages of life. We explain what advance care planning is, why you need it, and medical, legal and other issues to consider.
We discuss the practical, emotional and physical issues to expect as a carer, and explain how you can provide comfort and support.