Common questions about dying
Knowing that you have a short time to live raises many questions. Sometimes, you may not be sure if you want to know the answers. Here we discuss some of the questions you may want to ask when you feel ready.
- How long have I got?
- Will palliative care help?
- Who can help?
- Is now the time to try complementary or alternative therapies?
- What is a ‘good death’?
- What will dying be like?
- How will I know the end is near?
Dr Megan Ritchie, Staff Specialist Palliative Medicine, Palliative Care Service, Concord Repatriation General Hospital, NSW; Gabrielle Asprey, Cancer Support Consultant, Cancer Council NSW; Rosemary Cavanough, Consumer; Louise Durham, Nurse Practitioner, Metro South Palliative Care Service, QLD; Tracey Gardner, Senior Psychologist, Cancer Counselling Service, Cancer Council Queensland; Karen Hall, 13 11 20 Consultant, Cancer Council SA; Linda Nolte, Program Director, Advance Care Planning Australia, VIC; Rowena Robinson, Clinical Advisor, Palliative Care Australia, ACT; Helena Rodi, Program Manager, Advance Care Planning Australia, VIC.
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