Palliative care and a compassionate medical team are important to helping patients with end-stage COPD cope with their condition.

Although supplemental oxygen and COPD medications may help, they may not be as helpful as they were in the earlier stages. Palliative care helps with pain and distress but will not treat the underlying condition.

For some people, anxiety about death is more painful than the physical discomfort of COPD.

Strategies include talking about emotions, discussing life or wishes with loved ones, and more.