We know that many people experience distress when facing a life-limiting illness or coping with the end stage of a chronic progressive disease. You might feel some anxiety or depression, or a combination of both. Although this is common and completely normal, it can be hard to come to terms with.

This is where the Katharine House Hospice clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) can work with you to identify the psychological challenges you may be experiencing, and can help support you through them. Your CNS will be able to draw upon training and experience to support you talking through these issues.

However, if you think you need more support, your CNS will always discuss your situation with you, and the clinical team at the hospice can refer you or your family member to more specialist services, such as trained counsellors, therapists or psychiatrists.