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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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.

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.

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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Helping someone close to death

There are lots of things that you can do to make someone as comfortable as possible in their final hours. These are a few things that, from experience, we know can really help to make a difference.