Bereavement support and End of life care


Dealing with the paperwork

Dealing with the loss of a loved one is one of the most painful things most of us will face. There are, however certain people and organisations that need to be told and specific documents and practical arrangements that need to be completed.

You will need to register a person’s death at a register office in the district where the death occurred within five days, unless there are exceptional circumstances or the Coroner is involved.

Tell Us Once is a free service that lets you report a death to most government organisations in one go.

The Death Notification Service is a free service which allows you to notify a number of organisations of a person's death at the same time. Members include most of the major banks and building societies.

Bereavement Advice Centre supports and advises people on what they need to do after a death, including probate and legal procedures and planning a funeral. You may be eligible for funeral or bereavement payments.

The Bereavement Register is a free service to remove the name and address of someone who has passed from mailing lists to prevent junk mail.

Coping with bereavement

Everyone deals with bereavement differently and you may experience a whole range of emotions. Support is available to help you through this difficult time.

Advice on coping with bereavement from the NHS.

Independent Age produces an advice guide on Coping with Bereavement.

Local and national bereavement support services

You can find local and national support services for bereavement in our community directory. 

Coping with loneliness

One consequence of bereavement, especially if you have lost a partner, may be loneliness.  There are many ways to stay connected with people, join groups or activities and make new friends with people who share your interests.  See further information on our Staying connected and independent page.

End of life care and support

About End of Life

The NHS website has an end of life guide for people who are approaching the end of their life. This includes how and where you want to be cared for, financial issues, planning ahead and searching for local hospices. Some parts of it may also be useful for people who are caring for someone who is dying, or people who want to plan in advance for their end of life care.

You can also find information about your rights and choices, including refusing treatment, setting down your wishes for your future treatment, and how to give someone the legal right to make decisions for you if you are no longer capable.

This guide also contains information about talking to your family and carers about dying and about your wishes.

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

Hampshire Libraries have launched five Death Positive Hubs in Hampshire.  Death positive libraries aim to remove the barriers to talking about death and dying.

End of life support

Our Community directory contains details of many local and national organisations providing end of life support services

We also list home care and nursing agencies in our Marketplace directory that offer end of life (palliative) care.

Macmillan cancer support

Macmillan cancer support offers information and support to anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer, their families and carers. If you need to talk, call their free helpline 0808 808 00 00.

Macmillan in Hampshire offers practical, local and financial support locally. This includes Information and Support Centres at Southampton General Hospital and Queen Alexandra Hospital which provide complimentary treatments, advice and information and volunteers to lend a listening ear.

Marie Curie cancer care

Marie Curie Cancer Care is a charity dedicated to the care of people with terminal illness. Marie Curie provides high quality end of life care through its Marie Curie Nursing Service and Hospices.

If you are living with a terminal illness and need support, you can call the support line on 0800 090 2309.

If you would like a Marie Curie nurse to provide care to you at home, speak to your GP or District Nurse.