End of life

Where can I get more help?

Thinking and talking about the end of life can be difficult. Take your time. You might want to talk to your family, friends, health and social care professionals about the end of life. 

These organisations can give you further help and information.

Age UK – produces a range of information about the end of life
0800 169 6565

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) – provides a list of qualified psychotherapists and counsellors
01455 883300

Carers UK provides support for carers 
020 7378 4999

Cinnamon Trust – a network of volunteers that provides dog walking and pet fostering while owners are in hospital
01736 757900

Citizens Advice – provides free advice on benefits, legal rights and NHS services

Cruse Bereavement Care – information and support for bereaved people
0844 477 9400

Child Bereavement UK – support for bereaved families
0800 02 888 40

Dying Matters - helps people talk more openly about death, dying and bereavement, and make plans for the end of life
08000214466

GOV.UK – practical help about death and dying, including dealing with a death abroad, registering a death, a guide to sorting out property and death, and bereavement

What to do after a death In England or Wales, is produced by the Department for Work and Pensions. What to do after a death in Scotland is available if you live in Scotland and there is a checklist relating to deaths in Northern Ireland

Hospice UK –for information about local hospice care
020 7520 8200

The Law Society – a guide to writing a will and specialist solicitors in your area
020 7242 1222

Macmillan Cancer Support – provides information, advice and support for people with cancer and their families
0808 808 00 00

National Council for Palliative Care – promotes the extension and improvement of palliative care services
020 7697 1520

Natural Death Centre – support for those dying at home
01962 712 690

Office of the Public Guardian – these organisations help people plan ahead and register lasting powers of attorney across the UK

England and Wales 
0300 456 0300

Scotland 
01324 678300

Northern Ireland 
028 9072 5953

Samaritans - provides emotional support to anyone who is going through emotional distress or struggling to cope 
Call: 116 123

Last medically reviewed: March 2018. Due for review: March 2021

This information uses the best available medical evidence and was produced with the support of people living with lung conditions. Find out how we produce our information. If you’d like to see our references get in touch.