Original ArticlesA Valuable but Demanding Time Family Life During Advanced Cancer in an Elderly Family MemberFjose, Marianne MScN, RN; Eilertsen, Grethe PhD; Kirkevold, Marit EdD; Grov, Ellen Karine PhD Author Information Department of Health, Sogn and Fjordane University College, Førde, Norway (Ms Fjose); Faculty of Health Sciences, University College of Southeast–Norway, Drammen, Norway (Dr Eilertsen); Department of Nursing Science, Institute of Health and Society, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway (Dr Kirkevold); and Institute of Nursing and Health Promotion, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Oslo, Norway (Dr Grov). Correspondence: Marianne Fjose, MScN, RN, Department of Health, Sogn and Fjordane University College, Førde, Norway ([email protected]). The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article. Advances in Nursing Science 39(4):p 358-373, October/December 2016. | DOI: 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000145 Buy Metrics Abstract This study explores experiences of elderly patients with cancer and their family members with regard to what is important and difficult in the family relationships during the palliative phase. Family group interviews were conducted with 26 families. The data were analyzed using qualitative content analysis. Three themes emerged: “Ensuring a positive final time together,” “Avoiding tension and conflict,” and “Concealing thoughts, feelings, and needs.” The main theme, “A valuable but demanding time,” indicates that although families find this phase of life challenging, they emphasize the importance of ensuring that this time is spent together in a positive way as a family. © 2016 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.