Information Sheets

These information sheets have been created to provide free information, advice and comfort to those who may feel overcome by, or find confronting, the recognition that life is fragile.

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For those who have been diagnosed with a life limiting illness, their family and carers, there is a lot to process and prepare for. Karuna has drawn on over 30 years experience in caring for those at the end of their lives, and on trusted traditions of Buddhist wisdom to create these information sheets. It is our heartfelt wish that they will be of benefit.

The Shock of Diagnosis

Learning that you have a life limiting illness or declining health is understandably a very challenging experience, which may bring with it great uncertainty and anxiety. It is not uncommon to go through a phase of shock and disbelief as your mind tries to come to grips with the enormity of your situation.

We have provided the following information to support you and your family during this time.

Living with Illness

Life limiting illness can have far reaching impacts on your own life and the lives of family members.

We have provided the following information to help you adjust to the changes that come with illness and to give you more control over the uncertainty you face.

Dying Peacefully Without Regrets

While thinking about death is often avoided during life, advancing illness forces you to acknowledge the fragility of your life. Facing death with courage gives you the opportunity to prepare for this natural part of life and gives you the confidence to die peacefully.

We have provided the following information to guide, not only people with life-limiting illness, but those wishing to prepare for and accept the reality of death:

Information for Family and Friends

Family and friends play a crucial role in supporting someone with a life-limiting illness to live well and die peacefully.

We have provided the following information to assist family and friends in providing practical, emotional and spiritual support during this time.