Banner: Life with IPF

Choosing peace

IPF patients experiencing discomfort may be given palliative care, which is designed to relieve pain and improve the patient’s quality of life, through physical, psychological, social and spiritual approaches.1 At the later stages of the disease, you may receive hospice care, which allows dying patients peace and comfort and also offers support for families.

Patients with a chronic and terminal illness like IPF may be subject to a wide variety of emotions that may seem to cycle or come in waves until an equilibrium is reached. Psychologists have proposed that the modern grieving process, which patients with a terminal illness and their families face together, may have 5 linear steps:2

Patient guide

Patient guide: Preparing yourself


Backgrounder: Life with IPF

Click on each step of the grieving process to find out more

What is palliative care?

Expert video: What is palliative care?

What kind of questions should patients with IPF ask their doctor?

Expert video: What kind of questions should patients with IPF ask their doctor?

What is hospice care?

Expert video: What is hospice care?


  1. Raghu G, et al. An official ATS/ERS/JRS/ALAT statement: idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis: evidence-based guidelines for diagnosis and management. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2011;183:788–824.
  2. Okun B, et al. Saying Goodbye: A Guide to Coping with a Loved One’s Terminal Illness. Reprint edition. New York: Berkley Trade; 2012.

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