You’re likely to experience a range of physical and emotional changes in the last few weeks of your life. These are normal. But it may be hard for you, and the people around you, as they happen. Knowing what to expect can help you cope.
Your healthcare team can help you deal with any physical symptoms you develop. They may prescribe new medication to deal with symptoms such as pain, sickness and vomiting. They can show you techniques to help with problems such as difficulty sleeping, tiredness and lack of energy, breathlessness, difficulty eating or a sore mouth. If it is too hard to manage your symptoms at home, it may help to spend a few days in a hospice.
You may also feel lots of different emotions, such as worry or anger. Talking honestly about how you feel can help. You may want to talk to family, friends, professionals looking after you, or with a counsellor or support organisation.
Becoming more withdrawn as you get close to death is normal. Your carers may need extra support as this happens.