Living with a terminal illness

If you have been diagnosed with a terminal illness it can really help to plan ahead for the future, both for yourself and your loved ones, even though this can be incredibly difficult to think about. We have guidance on deciding where you want to die, telling people about your diagnosis, planning your funeral, organising a Will and financial support you can access, so that everything is in place and as you want it.

Can you choose where you want to die?
Choosing where to die can be hard to think about. But whether you want to die at home, a hospice, a nursing home or in hospital, being in the right place for you can be really important. Your needs may change, but most people find it helpful to think abou
Advance care planning
Whether you’re terminally ill, or you just want to consider your future care options, we’re here to help with more information and advice about what to include in your Advance Care Plan.
Telling people about your diagnosis
Telling the people you love that you have a limited time to live can be one of the hardest things you ever have to do - particularly when you are trying to cope with the news yourself.
Getting financial support
When someone is dying, it can put a lot of financial pressure on them and those who care for them. In the last year of life, most people are eligible to receive at least some benefits. They may also be able to access charitable grants or other forms of su
Do I need to make a Will?
Your Will tells everyone your wishes for your assets after you die. Making a Will can save your family unnecessary distress at an already difficult time.
What do I need to do to write a Will?
Making a Will is your opportunity to make sure that the people and charities you choose will benefit from your estate, so it's worth taking the time to think through what you want and to ensure that your Will is legal and valid.
Planning ahead for your funeral
Thinking about and planning your funeral can feel very difficult, but it can provide reassurance to those close to you that they are celebrating your life in the way you wanted.
What is power of attorney?
If you think you may become too unwell to manage your money or make decisions about your health and care, you can set up a power of attorney. This is a legal document that gives permission to the person or people you choose to do these things for you.