Resources: talking about death and dying
Dying Matters and the National Council for Palliative Care resources
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Tackles myths around death and dying, and encourages you to understand the importance of making advance plans.
Offers practical advice on how to open up difficult conversations about death and dying.
Further practical advice on the topics you might want to talk about with relatives and friends.
Focuses on how to talk to someone who has been bereaved.
Why it’s important to talk about death and dying, and how to support someone who is nearing the end of life.
Other Dying Matters resources
Booklet to help people talk to dying relatives with dementia.
2012 Survey explores why death is still regarded as a taboo subject by the public and GPs.
Amy Logan, who was a patient at St Christopher's Hospice in South East London, talks candidly about her impending death.
People with learning disabilities talk about dying, death and bereavement.
People from all walks of life talk about why the way they die is important to them.
Help on what it means to provide appropriate ‘spiritual support’ to people approaching the end of life and those around them.
External organisation resources
Practical advice for carers on how to open up difficult conversations with the dying.
Touching selection of videos of people with cancer, and their carers talking about their experiences.
Talking with children and young people
Advice on how to tell children that someone in the family is dying.
Booklet offering advice on how to explain death to children and young people, and help them cope with it. PDF
Supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement.
Works in practical and creative ways with all members of the family to create an atmosphere in which a child or young person can be supported.
Support for young people when a close family member is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness.
Support for parents and families
Supporting bereaved parents and their families after a child dies.
This publication is aimed at NHS workers in Scotland, but spiritual care that is inclusive and accepting of human difference is an NHS-wide aim.
A practical guide to the spiritual care of a dying person from a Roman Catholic perspective.
Provides comprehensive information about the dying experience.
For anyone seeking to support a grieving child or young person.
Looks at the concept of ‘a good death’ as part of the dying process.
An inspiring book about death and dying, written from a Buddhist perspective.
A guide to help someone to die with dignity once medicine has reached its limits.
A touching story of a teenager facing death.
Insights into how to provide spiritual care to the dying.
How to create ritual at the end of life.
A classic for spiritual preparation as the end of life approaches.
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross' seminal book on talking to people who are dying.
- Talking about death and dying
- The spiritual aspects of death
- Telling others about a death
- Being with someone when they die
This content has been funded by Macmillan Cancer Support. It was commissioned as part of Find Me Help, Dying Matters' new online search tool which gives access to a comprehensive database of national and local organisations providing support and advice for people coping with death, dying and bereavement.