sorry to read about your dad’s diagnosis. Supporting a loved one living with a
terminal illness can be challenging. It’s not unusual to worry about what your
loved one needs, what you can do to help, or what to say to them. We feature
some information on our website about how friends and family can help, if you
feel this would be beneficial you can read this here: https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/help/support/being-there/helping-someone-cope/family-friends-help
It's understandable that you're wanting to help your dad and support him
in an appropriate way. It can be natural for the person living with a terminal
illness to experience both good and bad days, feelings may also fluctuate throughout
the day. Hopefully others here on the community will share with you what they found
helpful when supporting a loved one.
You mention that your dad struggles to speak and gets tired easily. Many
people living with a terminal illness tell us that just knowing that a loved
one is there for them, when they need it can be invaluable and such a comfort
to them. Family members often tell us that they feel as though they want to do
more in these situations. Sometimes having an honest conversation with their
loved one can help to know what support works best for them.
You may or may not already be aware of The British Lung Foundation and
The British Heart Foundation. They both feature information on their websites
specifically around the illnesses your dad has, you can visit these websites
We hope you will find this information helpful.
Bonnie - Marie Curie Support Line Team