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At the End of Life Overview

No two people approach and experience the dying process the same way. Some individuals will die after a chronic illness, and others will die unexpectedly. Caring for someone who is in the process of dying is challenging physically and emotionally. What follows in this section are suggestions for what you might want to do when someone is dying and after someone has died.

When an individual is close to the end of life, his or her need for support changes. The caregiver’s role often shifts from doing to being. What to expect and how to respond, what to do at the time of death and immediately after, and how to care for yourself are topics covered in the following sections: