Learning that a loved one has only a short time to live is devastating. But it can also give you the opportunity to spend precious time with them and prepare in advance for their passing.

Say all the things you want to say to them. And if it’s alright with them, discuss such things as funeral arrangements (consider a funeral plan), finances (sort out a will and pension if necessary) and talk about any practical jobs you will need to take over.

Caring for someone who is very ill or dying can be full of ups and downs and can be very emotional and draining. If possible ask for help from family and friends with the day-to-day chores that still need to be done.

If you someone close to you has only a short time to live you can find support in the MindWell Directory, Palliative (end of life) support.