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Resources: talking about death and dying

Dying Matters and the National Council for Palliative Care resources

Find Me Help

Created by Dying Matters and funded by Macmillan Cancer Support, Find Me Help is a comprehensive UK directory of services for people in the last years of life and their carers. Find the support services you need in your area quickly and easily. 


Myth busting

Tackles myths around death and dying, and encourages you to understand the importance of making advance plans.

One last thing

Offers practical advice on how to open up difficult conversations about death and dying.

To do list

Further practical advice on the topics you might want to talk about with relatives and friends.

I could do with a chat

Focuses on how to talk to someone who has been bereaved. 

Someone you know is very ill

Why it’s important to talk about death and dying, and how to support someone who is nearing the end of life.  

Other Dying Matters resources

Time to talk

Booklet to help people talk to dying relatives with dementia.

Dying Matters Coalition survey

2012 Survey explores why death is still regarded as a taboo subject by the public and GPs.

Short films

I’m having a very, very good death

Amy Logan, who was a patient at St Christopher's Hospice in South East London, talks candidly about her impending death.

We Are Living Well, But Dying Matters

People with learning disabilities talk about dying, death and bereavement.

Why Dying Matters to Me

People from all walks of life talk about why the way they die is important to them.

Meaning, Faith, and Belief

Help on what it means to provide appropriate ‘spiritual support’ to people approaching the end of life and those around them.

External organisation resources

NHS Choices: Talking about Death

Practical advice for carers on how to open up difficult conversations with the dying.

MacMillan Cancer Support

Touching selection of videos of people with cancer, and their carers talking about their experiences. 

Talking with children and young people

NHS Choices: Talking to Children about Dying

Advice on how to tell children that someone in the family is dying.

Barnardos: How to explain death to children and young people... and help them cope!

Booklet offering advice on how to explain death to children and young people, and help them cope with it. PDF

Child Bereavement UK

Supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement.

Simon Says

Works in practical and creative ways with all members of the family to create an atmosphere in which a child or young person can be supported.

Support for parents and families

The Compassionate Friends

Supporting bereaved parents and their families after a child dies.

Spiritual care

Spiritual Care Matters

This publication is aimed at NHS workers in Scotland, but spiritual care that is inclusive and accepting of human difference is an NHS-wide aim. 

Keeping Faith Series

A practical guide to the spiritual care of a dying person from a Roman Catholic perspective.

Recommended Reading

The D-Word: Talking about Dying

Provides comprehensive information about the dying experience

Nearing the end of life

Helping Children Cope With Grief

For anyone who wants to support a grieving child or young person

The Dying Process

Looks at the concept of ‘a good death’ as part of the dying process.

Facing Death and Finding Hope

An inspiring book about death and dying, written from a Buddhist perspective.

A Safe Journey Home

A guide to help someone to die with dignity once medicine has reached its limits.

Before I Die

A touching story of a teenager facing death.

The Dying Soul: Spiritual Care at the End of Life

Insights into how to provide spiritual care to the dying.

Sacred Dying

How to create ritual at the end of life.

The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

A classic for spiritual preparation as the end of life approaches.

On Death and Dying

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross' seminal book on talking to people who are dying.  

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