Advice to help with common symptoms

When someone is unwell with a life-limiting or terminal condition, it can cause various uncomfortable symptoms. Here are some ways you can ease these. 

How to help as someone’s death approaches  

If you’re with someone who is dying, you can offer them comfort through gentle touch and by talking to them. They should be able to hear you as it’s thought that hearing is the last sense to be lost. Use special swabs or very soft toothbrushes to moisten and cleanse their mouth and keep their lips moistened with lip balm.  

Sometimes people wait until you leave the room to die and if this happens you shouldn’t feel guilty. Remember, we’re here to support you from the moment someone you love is referred to our hospice, until their last days of life, and beyond.