The book has been written to help anyone who is dying from cancer or other terminal illness. Drawing on years of practical experience as counsellors in the field, Sue Wood and Peter Fox discuss what they and others have found happening in the terminal stages of illness - what the dying person can expect, what others have found important to do - and generally how to respond positively and practically to situations that are likely to arise on this difficult journey. The authors also address those involved in the day-to-day care and nursing, as well as the professionals. Their aim is to help deal with the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the patient and those caring for them, and to enhance the dignity and comfort of all concerned. Originally published in South Africa, the book has been adapted for New Zealand by Karen McMillan.