End of life issues are especially difficult to cope with in patients with chronic diseases like COPD. Symptom management is one of the most important aspects of end of life care for COPD patients, as symptoms tend to get dramatically worse in the patient's final days.
My mother has end-stage COPD and recently, she was worrying herself sick wondering how she would know the end was approaching and what it would feel like. Just last week, I answered a similar question here on HealthCentral from someone wondering much the same. It's a scary thought, dying from a respiratory disease that is already making you short…