‘How people die remains in the memory of those who live on’ - Dame Cicely Saunders, founder of the Modern Hospice Movement
What is end of life care?
End of life care is support for people who are approaching death. It helps them to live as well as possible until they die, and to die with dignity. It also includes support for their family or carers.
End of life care includes palliative care. If you have an incurable illness, palliative care will help to make you as comfortable as possible by relieving pain and other distressing symptoms while providing psychological, social and spiritual support for you and your family or carers. This is called a holistic approach to care, as it deals with the ‘whole’ person rather than just one aspect of their care.