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Choose how you want to live the rest of your life and what you want to achieve in that time. Your plans can be adjusted at any time to reflect changes in your needs and wishes. The below resources contain areas you may want to consider and conversations you may want to have with those important to you.
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You may want to take the opportunity to think about what living with a terminal illness might mean to you, your partner, or relatives, particularly if you become unable to make decisions yourself. You may wish to record what your preferences and wishes for future care and treatment might be or you may simply choose to do nothing at all. One way of making people aware of your wishes is by a process of Advance Care Planning.
An advance statement of wishes and preferences allows you to express what is important to you
Finding out which benefits may apply to you and applying for them can make you feel like you are navigating through a maze – but we're here to help you.
It's important to us to know that you are getting all the help and support that you and your family may be entitled to. We are able to help relieve physical symptoms, provide emotional support and also with more practical issues.
Although more people in the UK choose cremation over burial, there are many different opinions and preferences across the country. You may have cultural beliefs that mean one is more preferable, or you may not know why you'd choose one over the other - it may be a choice you make alone, or it may be a choice you make with loved ones.
It's easy to see why people might avoid this difficult subject. You might worry about upsetting the person you talk to, fear the subject, or not know how to bring it up.
We know that when people have these meaningful conversations about the experiences they want for themselves or their loved ones as the inevitable end-of-life draws near, the better for all involved. Too often, such conversations are avoided out of an understandable desire to spare each other's feelings.
There may be certain medical treatments that you don't want to receive, and you can write these down as an advance decision in the event that you have lost capacity (the ability to make decisions for yourself) and are not able to communicate your wishes.