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Questions you might ask about dying

Coping with cancer

This page has suggestions for questions to help you think about how you would like to be cared for during the final weeks of life. It is important to talk about these with your family, friends, doctors and the nurses who will be looking after you. Then they will know your wishes and can care for you in the way that you want.

  • Where would you like to die - at home, in a hospice or somewhere else?
  • Who would you like to be with you when you die?
  • Is there anybody that you don’t want around?
  • Are there any particular pieces of music, prayers, or things to have around you that you find comforting?
  • Are there any types of treatment or care that you don’t want to have in the final days of life?
  • Do you want to make a living will?
  • Do you have any issues that you would like to sort out with family or friends before you die?
  • Are there any messages you would like to record or put in writing to leave behind for your loved ones when you die?
  • Do you have any religious or cultural practices you would like to be carried out before and after you die?
  • Are there any specific wishes you have about your funeral?
  • Do you want to be cremated or buried?
  • Do you want to organise your own funeral?
  • Have you made a will or updated your present one?
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Updated: 7 March 2014