When you learn that a friend or relative is going to die, it is normal to feel a wide range of emotions, and you may deal with it differently to other people around you. It is completely understandable if you feel sad or angry. It could be a devastating shock that takes a while to sink in. You might be worried about what your friend or relative will be feeling and what they will have to go through physically and emotionally in the coming days, weeks or months. It is even completely natural to feel a bit relieved that you at least have all the information now and can plan for the time you have left with them rather than living in limbo.
When you think ahead to what it will be like to care for your friend or relative as they near the end of their life, you may be worried about what is to come. You may wonder how you will manage with the challenges that lie ahead. But remember you are not doing this alone. There is a lot of support out there to help you. And think of the incredible difference you will be making by being there for your friend or relative at this challenging time.
Below we explain a bit more about what might happen next with your friend or relative as well as how best to support someone who is nearing the end of their life. We also provide some information and advice for you as their carer.