What is it?

Caring for someone who is dying is both rewarding and challenging. It is normal to feel distressed during this time. You may also feel fear, helplessness, regret, confusion, worry, shock and conflict.

As your friend or family member nears their final years, it is important to support them and stay involved in their care. Your effort plays a huge role in their final years of life. Looking after your own health and wellbeing will help you stay strong for the person you are caring for.

As a carer, you will need to prioritise self-care and make sure you have the support you need to maintain your emotional and physical health. You may need to adjust your work and home life, get more in-home support, and consider financial support.

Talk to the palliative care team if you need more support or assistance caring for your loved one.