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This area of the website has been created primarily for people approaching the end of their life, and their carers, relatives and friends. It will also be of interest to anyone thinking about what they want for their own end of life. The content has been funded by Macmillan Cancer Support.

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Which of the following describes how you would feel talking to someone close to you about their end of life wishes.

General help

There are several sites providing useful information about local end of life care, funeral planning and legal advice and bereavement support, based on postcode searches:

You can find a local hospice here https://www.hospiceuk.org/about-hospice-care/find-a-hospice

You can find local solicitors here http://solicitors.lawsociety.org.uk/  - choose “Wills, Probate and Trust” from under the “Your Legal Issue” menu. There’s also The Society of Will Writers which represents professional will writers: https://www.willwriters.com/find-a-will-writer/

The National Association of Funeral Directors represents larger funeral directors, and has a searchable directory here https://nafd.org.uk/funeral-advice/find-a-member/  The Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors represents smaller and independent funeral directors, and you can search for one near you here https://saif.org.uk/members-search/

There are many organisations providing bereavement support, including many hospices that you can find using the search function above. You can also find local support from Cruse https://www.cruse.org.uk/get-help/local-services and the Good Grief Trust https://www.thegoodgrieftrust.org/

Macmillan provides a range of services related to end of life care – you can find ones close to you here https://www.macmillan.org.uk/in-your-area/choose-location.html

Marie Curie offers a range of support services for people with life limiting conditions – find local services here https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/local

If you are looking for a death doula, start your search here https://www.lwdwtraining.uk/doulas/need-a-doula/ while if you are seeking a funeral celebrant look here https://funeralcelebrants.org.uk/  If you are looking to arrange a Church of England funeral, start here https://www.achurchnearyou.com/  For general local funeral services, visit Funeral Map http://www.funeralmap.co.uk/

 

Whether you’re looking for advice on caring for someone close, planning for your own future or simply interested in finding out what the options are, this section will help you think things through.

It is aimed at people approaching the end of their life and their carers, relatives and friends. It contains information about what to expect during end of life care and the things you may want to think about, including where you would like to be cared for.

There is guidance and advice around letting your family know what you want at the end of life, including information about your rights and choices when it comes to the treatment you do or don't want. 

For carers, friends and relatives, there is information on what happens at the end of life, advice on talking to someone about dying and help with what to do after a death and coping with a bereavement. 

It goes against every instinct that we have to start planning for our death: in fact, only one in three of us has talked to anyone about how or where we’d like to die. But every adult, of whatever age, needs to look ahead and ask ‘What if?'  By accessing our resources, you can start to plan for the inevitable, and reduce worry and heartache for your loved ones. 

Featured articles

Planning Ahead

Ideas and advice for opening up conversations about end of life

Coping with sudden, violent or traumatic death

How to find professional support following a bereavement

The signs that death is near

This content has been funded by Macmillan Cancer Support.

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