Ok, so I at first wasn't gonna post this, but I figured, why not. It isn't like I know anyone here personally. My situation is this. I have a very good friend whom I have known for four or five years. This friend's mother was diagnosed with cancer in 2003 or 2004. She has been taking all sorts of medications and procedures since then. She has recently been getting worse and worse. She is due to have a blood transfusion soon. My friend's words were "that this is pretty much the last thing the Doctors can do for her.". From what I know, and what he has told me, I really don't think she'll last more than another month. This friend of mine is very very shy, but seems to open up alot when he is around me. He is a very good person, and I hate that this is happening to him. We do martial arts together, and just recently I bought him a brand new top of the line XBox360 and several games to go with it. That really made his day as he doesn't have many luxury/entertainment items. We've been playing games every night after work. Now, on the outside he doesn't focus on his mom's condition besides telling me how she is doing, but I know it must be on his mind. He does tell me things, but I try to balance my reaction to show concern, but not too focused on the negative aspects of what is going on. I don't want to bring him down. I try to throw in some positive things during our conversations. My question here is, what is the best way to respond when he tells me things like "she won't live much longer", "or there isn't anything else that can be done"?