It's a Marathon
Remember that a terminal illness is a marathon not a sprint. The illness could last weeks or even months. It is important to find out, from the medical team, what type of illness your loved one is battling. What type of race will it be? Also, it is imperative to find out how the patient wants to "run" this marathon. Many hospice patients have to come to figure out what type of quality of life they want or if they're more concerned with the quantity of life left. As a loved one, it is important to know this information so that you can maintain their wishes.