Looking after someone who is terminally ill, and worrying about the future can be very demanding. It's important to remember to care for yourself too.
Dying is a natural part of life, and it's important to be open and honest about it. But it's also about choosing the right time to talk. Each person, patient or carer, should have information given at the time and in the detail when it seems right for them.
Caring for the dying is about more than physical care, it's also about looking out for and addressing spiritual needs. Being a caregiver involves becoming aware of the complex needs of those who are dying, and of those who have been bereaved.
Being by the bedside of someone you love who is dying isn't easy. To help a little we have drawn on the wisdom and experience of those who have done it before. We have taken advice from leading palliative care consultants, nurses, chaplains, friends and relatives.