The very end of your life

Thinking about what the end of your life might be like can be very difficult. Although no one can predict exactly what will happen, your care team will be able to give you a clearer idea of what to expect and answer any questions you have, so it’s important to feel you can ask them anything you want.

You might have clear ideas about what you want to happen, where you want to be and the kind of care you want to receive. If so, it’s important to tell people while you are well enough.

On the other hand, you may struggle to think clearly or find the right time when you are able to make decisions. You might also not feel well enough to think about it or know how to put it into words. 

It can be scary to think about the process of dying, and the actual weeks and days towards the end of your life. This is completely natural. Speak with your CLIC Sargent care professional or nurse about such fears, or another member of your hospital care team. They can listen to your worries and, where possible, answer your questions. It can be very helpful, and often comforting, to know all the options available to you so that you can make informed decisions.

Further reading

Updated September 2015, next review due 2017.