End of life

There may come a time when you want to think about the last years, months, weeks or days of life. It could be your own life or the life of someone you know and love.

This information is for people with a long-term lung condition who are coming to the end of their life. It is also for those who are close to them, including their carers, family and friends.

A long-term condition is often called a chronic condition, and is a condition that lasts three months or more.

This information explains how you can plan and think ahead, known as advance care planning, and explores emotional and spiritual questions. It also considers the signs and symptoms of the end of life and how care can be provided.

End of life - emotions
Thinking and planning ahead
Thinking and talking about the end of life can be difficult. This information will help you think about what is most important to you and plan ahead.
Thinking and planning ahead

Sharing emotions
Emotions and sharing your thoughts
Coming to the end of life is a normal part of long-term lung disease. It is common to experience a variety of emotions.
Emotions and sharing your thoughts

Talking to children and young people
Talking to children and young people
It can be difficult to know how to talk about the end of life with children or grandchildren. This information offers tips and suggestions on how to approach these issues.
Talking to children and young people

Man reading the Bible
Spirituality and the meaning of life
Spirituality is concerned with how we make sense of and see the meaning of our lives. Talking about your beliefs might bring great comfort at the end of life.
Spirituality and the meaning of life

Caring for each other
Physical care and the last days of life
As people reach the final stages of long-term lung disease there are often typical physical changes. This information explains what to expect.
Physical care and the last days of life
Holding hands
Caring for a loved one
It can be difficult to see death approaching for someone you love or care about, but it is helpful to think and talk about the priorities for your loved one's care.
Caring for a loved one

White rose
What to do at the time of death
Information on what you or your family need to do at the time of death for a loved one.
What to do at the time of death

Helpline
Further information and support
View our list of organisations who can provide further information and support about end of life issues.
Further information and support

 
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Last medically reviewed: March 2015. Due for review: March 2018.

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