Learning someone you love has been diagnosed with a terminal illness is a hard pill to swallow. It is hard to comprehend a life without them.

For Dying Matters Week, we’ve put together some of the ways you can start to practically prepare for the death of a loved one.

Top TED talks on life and death

Questioning why is death a bad thing and providing an insight into hospice care, these TED talks provide a pragmatic perspective on death and teach us how we can make the most of life whilst we’re still here.

See our list of Ted talks

Get to know your hospice

Hospices aren’t the scary and sad places they have the reputation of being and they’re definitely not just places people go to die.

Learn about all the services we provide to help you and your loves ones.

See our A – Z of services 

Visit us anytime and see for yourself that your family and loved ones will be in safe hands at Trinity.

Learn more about our inpatient unit

Talk about dying

There’s no easy way to do it, but talking about death to the person who is dying is essential so you can understand their concerns and fears, as well as plan practical arrangements like their funeral.

Below are some practical guides to help you approach these conversations and make them useful and meaningful.

Read Marie Curie guide

Read Dying Matters guide

Caring for someone in their last days and hours

Everyone is different, so it can be hard to tell when someone is in their last few days or hours. This guide walks you through how to recognise potential signs and how to look after yourself.

Read caring for someone in their last days

You and your family

Remember that our team can provide support and advice to help you and your family cope with the emotional, physical and financial effects of an advanced illness at all stages.

Download our guide