Care for people who are dying

The NHS Choices guide talks about topics such as palliative care, pain control and the stages someone dying may go through. It offers psychological, social and spiritual support.

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What to do when someone dies

We’ve collected together some help and advice about how to register a death, what to do after a bereavement, civil funerals and remembrance services:

The Dying Matters Coalition

Dying Matters is a coalition of 32,000 members across England and Wales which aims to help people talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement, and to make plans for the end of life.

Talking about dying and death is in everybody’s interests as it can help ensure that all of us can get the care we want, where we want it at the end of our lives.

Advice for carers

If you look after somebody with an incurable illness, we can offer advice about getting all the help you need in your caring role including:

  • carer’s assessment – a chance for you to talk to us about your caring role so we can check that you’re getting all the help you need.
  • emergency support – If you are worried about what would happen if you were involved in an emergency and couldn’t provide care, you may be able to take advantage of our Carers Respite Emergency Service (CRESS).
  • home-based respite care – our home-based respite care service gives you the chance to have some time for yourself: visit the doctor, get your hair done, or go to a training course.

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