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What do you say to someone who is dying?

People who are very ill or dying can become very isolated. Friends and acquaintances sometimes avoid them, not out of maliciousness, but because they don’t know what to do or say. They decide not to ring them as they usually would, or think that it’s probably best not to visit them given the stress the family must be under.

But that often isn’t necessarily the best approach for the person who is dying – and it can leave you, as a friend, with regrets and sadness afterwards.

If you are interested in further information on what to say if someone you know is dying, check out this leaflet: Thinking of you...

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