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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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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Can I get bereavement leave from work?

If you are employed, you are entitled to some bereavement leave from work when a loved one dies. However, there is no set legal amount of leave. It can help to know your rights and how the system works.

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Supporting young people with grief

Young people are already coping with lots of stresses in their life, such as their changing hormones and important exams - so dealing with the death of someone they love can be particularly hard. It's important to make sure that they're getting the support they need.

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How do I support a bereaved child?

We all find it hard to cope when someone we love dies. Helping a child to cope with the loss of someone they love can be particularly difficult when you are dealing with your own grief. But there are things that you can do to support children through this difficult time.

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How long does grief last?

There is no timetable for how long grief lasts, or how you should feel after a particular time. After twelve months it may still feel as if everything happened yesterday, or it may feel like it all happened a lifetime ago. These are some of the feelings you might have when you are coping with grief longer-term.

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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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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.