Even when you know the end of life is approaching for a family member or friend, you might not feel prepared. This section covers the practical, emotional and physical issues to expect, and how you can provide comfort and support.
Learn more about:
- Coping as a carer
- Providing practical support
- Providing emotional support
- Providing physical support
- After the death
Coping as a carer
Looking after a person who is dying can be stressful, and you will need help and support. It’s not unusual to feel like you don’t know what to do, what to say and how to cope. If you’ve never been around someone who is dying before, you may be afraid of what will happen.
Learning about what might happen can help you feel less frightened and confused, and allow you to prepare for the emotional and physical changes ahead.
Caring can be physically and emotionally hard work. Read more about the caring role and how you can look after yourself during this time. You can also call 13 11 20 for a free copy of the Caring for Someone with Cancer booklet, or download a digital copy from this page.