End-of-life care is the term used to describe the support and medical care given during the time surrounding death. This care does not happen only in the moments before breathing stops and the heart stops beating. People living with one or more chronic illnesses may need a lot of care for days, weeks, and even months before death. In addition, we don’t always know when death is near, so it is important that we figure out a plan in advance.
According to the National Cancer Institute, “End-of-life care includes physical, emotional, social, and spiritual support for patients and their families.