NIH / End of Life: Helping with Comfort and Care
End of Life: Helping With Comfort and Care is a publication is based on research, such as that supported by the National Institute on Aging, part of the National Institutes of Health, that hopes to make the unfamiliar territory of death slightly more comfortable for everyone involved. This research base is augmented with suggestions from practitioners with expertise in helping individuals and families through this difficult time. Throughout the booklet, the terms comfort care, supportive care, and palliative care are used to describe individualized care that can provide a dying person the best quality of life until the end. Most of the stories in this booklet are fictitious, but they depict situations that reflect common experiences at the end of life.