Coping with your emotions

The web pages in this section are about the ways people can plan ahead if they live in England and Wales. We have other information about planning ahead in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

You may experience sadness, anxiety and fear. These are normal reactions that people often have when coping with uncertainty about their future. Even if you’re well, thinking about how you would like to be cared for if you were to become seriously ill can stir up all sorts of feelings.

Talking to a close family member or trusted friend can help. Healthcare professionals can also give you support - this includes your GP, nurse specialist or hospital doctor. You may find it helpful to chat things through with one of our cancer support specialists.

If you feel you need a bit more support, you can ask your GP, nurse specialist or hospital doctor about finding a counsellor. Counsellors can be very helpful, particularly if you don’t feel able to discuss your feelings and emotions with people close to you.

Although planning ahead can be hard, it can help relieve anxiety and fear by giving you a greater sense of control over your life and your future.