Coping with the news that you are dying

The news that you are going to die soon can be very hard for everyone. You and those around you can go through a range of emotions. Knowing more about what to expect can help you and those around you cope better.

Making plans before you die

In the last few weeks you could have questions about what will happen. You may also want to make decisions about your needs before you die and afterwards.

Caring for the carer when someone is dying

Looking after someone in the last weeks of life can be a huge emotional and physical challenge. It’s important to take time for yourself and get support.

How can cancer kill you?

How cancer causes death depends on your cancer type and which parts of the body are affected.

The last few weeks and days

In the last weeks of life there are ways to manage your symptoms and keep you comfortable. It can help carers to know what might happen in the final days.

Getting help and support when you are dying

Emotional and practical support can be a great help to you and your carers when you are dying.

After someone dies

Knowing what to do when someone dies can seem overwhelming, especially with all the emotions that grief can bring. 

Resources and support when someone is dying

There are many organisations, support groups and books that can help you cope when you are dying with cancer. They can also help the people close to you.

Last reviewed: 
22 Mar 2022
Next review due: 
21 Mar 2025
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