It is difficult to know what to say and how to act around a terminally ill loved one.
The Mayo Clinic provides a supportive article Terminal Illness: Supporting a Terminally Ill Loved One. This article offers suggestions to help overcome awkwardness and ease pain during this difficult period. Some of the topics tackled include how a relationship may change once someone is diagnosed with a terminal illness and how you can best cope with it. A chaplain answers questions and a related article is highlighted as well.
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Source: Mayo Clinic