Finding out that someone is terminally ill or is looking after some who has a life-limiting illness can be difficult. People may feel not only shocked but sad and angry.
For the family carer too, this is a time of many different emotions. They also have to manage with changes in roles and tasks. They need to know that they are not alone and that their needs and contribution are important. It is important that people are willing to listen to them. They may have difficulties in accepting what is happening to the person they are caring for as well coping with the changes in their own life.