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.

How can you support someone who is grieving?

You may want to support a friend or family member after the death of a loved one, but not know how. Each person’s grief will be different, and what they need may change as the days, weeks, months and years pass. Here are some things you can do for a bereaved person that may be helpful.

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Should children come to the funeral?

You know your child best and whether it feels right for them to go the funeral will depend on a range of factors - such as their age, their relationship to the person who has died, and whether they want to go. There is no right or wrong answer. But offering your child the option to go is one opportunity for them to say ‘goodbye’ to a special person.

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Can you choose where you want to die?

Choosing where to die can be hard to think about. But being in the right place for you can be really important when you know your life is coming to an end. Although your needs may change over time, most people find it helpful to think about what they would like before they become too ill.

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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.

Grief and coronavirus lockdown

This page explains some ways to help you cope with grief the coronavirus lockdown. Covid-19 has had a huge impact on people who are grieving during this period, or have been affected by a funeral or have not been able to say goodbye to someone at the end of their life.

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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 is worth taking the time to think through what you want and to ensure that your Will is legal and valid.

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Do I need a Will?

Making a Will doesn’t need to be complicated and it can save your family unnecessary distress at an already difficult time to have your wishes clearly set out.