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Caring for someone nearing the end of life
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 outlines 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
Looking after a person who is dying can be stressful. It’s common 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 what to expect can help you feel less frightened and confused, and allow you to plan ways to manage the emotional and physical challenges ahead.
For more on this, call 13 11 20 or see Caring for Someone with Cancer.
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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