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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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.

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Coping as a carer

Sometimes caring can feel overwhelming, and people often tell us that they feel guilty making time for their own needs, but looking after yourself is the best way to ensure that you can be there to provide the care and support you want to for your friend or relative.

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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.

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Understanding medicines

Taking the medicines you are prescribed can help to make sure you make the most of your health and get on with your life. If there are problems with your medication, or it is not controlling your symptoms, you should tell your healthcare professional.

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Adapting your home

You might be having difficulty with some daily activities, like getting about your house or washing. If so, there may be equipment that can help or adaptations that can be made to your home.

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Going on holiday

Going on holiday is important to many people as a way to spend quality time together, see the places they’ve always wanted to see, or just to feel that life is carrying on as normal.

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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 support.

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Managing symptoms

Each of us is different, and our experience of different health conditions is also unique to each person. This section describes some common symptoms you may experience and how you can manage them in partnership with your healthcare team.