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 what’s in this information. The organisations below can also give you further help.

Information, advice, or emotional support

The following organisations provide more information relating to end of life. There’s information for people who are approaching end of life, and information for people who are grieving. Some have helplines you can call if you’d like to talk to someone.

Age UK – produces a range of information about the end of life
0800 678 1602

Carers UK provides support for carers 
0808 808 7777

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

Cruse Bereavement Care – information and support for bereaved people
0808 808 1677

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

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

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

Marie Curie – provides information and emotional support if you're living with or caring for someone who has a terminal illness
0800 090 2309

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

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

Legal support

Resources and places of support if you need help with legal matters relating to end of life.

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

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

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

Office of the Public Guardian – help for people to plan ahead, and register lasting powers of attorney across the UK.

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

You can also call our helpline on 03000 030 555

Download our end of life information (PDF, 490KB)

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