Share Your Story
Hearing about others' experiences can be helpful when dealing with death and bereavement. Do you have a personal experience that you'd feel comfortable sharing with the campaign? If so, let us know...
I'm not scared of dying, my only fear is leaving.
It's Christmas Eve tomorrow and I'm feeling sad. I don't know how many more Christmases I will get to spend with my husband, children and grandchildren. I don't want to leave them.
It's over two years now since being diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and 15 months since we were told it's terminal. I'm only 50, so much love I have left to give. It's getting tougher, more painful, but I won't admit it to anyone: it means I'm losing, and I don't know how much longer I have.
So I'll do my best to smile and enjoy what I have, my beautiful family. That's why I say I'm not scared of the actual process of dying, but the thought of leaving you all petrifies me.
The Dying Matters Coalition is led by the National Council for Palliative Care,
the umbrella charity for end of life care in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Freephone 08000 21 44 66