Death and dying Information about what you can expect when death is near, practical advice for those helping someone close to death and our 'A better death' guide, about discussing dying openly and planning for the end of life that you want. What can I expect when death is near? Although everyone is different, there are some common things that happen as part of the natural process of dying. At this stage, the person who is dying is often unaware of many of these things. But it can help those who care for them if they know what to expect. Helping someone close to death There are lots of things that you can do to make someone as comfortable as possible in their final hours. These are a few things that, from experience, we know can really help to make a difference. Download our Sue Ryder guide: 'A better death' Why don't we talk about death? It's not easy. But it is important. Our useful Sue Ryder guide can help you discuss dying and plan for the end of life that you want.