Advice and support

When you find out that someone you love is dying, it can be hard to know what to do next. This information will help you find your way.

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The support bereaved people say is most helpful

There are lots of ways you can support a bereaved person. These are things people have told us they found most helpful after their loved one died.

Answers to some common questions about grief

When someone dies, the people close to them can feel a whole range of emotions. Each person’s experience will be different, and there’s no right or wrong way to grieve. Read more on some of the questions we frequently hear about grief and bereavement.

What to say to someone who has been bereaved

When someone dies, it can be hard to know what to say to those who were close to them. While each bereaved person’s experience will be different, these tips will give you ideas for how to help them feel heard and supported.

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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.

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Can I get support as a carer?

You don’t have to do it all yourself, but it can be hard to know what support is available and how to get it. There are lots of different kinds of support and you may find some more useful than others.

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How can I cope with bereavement?

The death of someone close to you can feel overwhelming, and you may feel a mixture of emotions. There are some things you can do that may help you to cope and there are people who can support you if you need it.

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What can I expect when death is near?

Although everyone is different, there are some common things that happen as part of the natural process of dying. At this stage, the person who is dying is often unaware of many of these things. But it can help those who care for them if they know what to expect.

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What is power of attorney?

As someone becomes more unwell, they're likely to find it more difficult to manage money and financial affairs, and may become too unwell to make decisions about health and care. If this is a worry, they can give someone power of attorney to make decisions and take care of things on their behalf.

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Planning ahead for your funeral

Thinking about and planning your funeral can feel very difficult, and some people prefer not to talk about it. Letting people know about any wishes can relieve your friends and family of some of the stress of organising your funeral, and can provide reassurance to those close to you that they are celebrating your life in the way you wanted.

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Can I get bereavement benefit?

If you have lost a spouse, partner or civil partner, you could be entitled to financial help, known as bereavement benefits, regardless of how much your income is.