A collection of links to resources and information you might find useful.
What Matters Now
What Matters Now provides free websites to support you and
your family and friends as you face life-changing illness together.
In just a few minutes, you can create a free personal website
for yourself or a loved one. Use it to share updates, guide
meaningful conversations, receive messages of love and encouragement, and let people
know how they can help. Learn more about how What Matters Now can support you
and your family.
The Natural Death Centre is a social, entrepreneurial, educational charity that gives free, impartial advice on all aspects of dying, bereavement and consumer rights. They give support on family-organised and environmentally friendly funerals, and run the Association of Natural Burial Grounds. Although green in outlook, they promote choice and education in all aspects of funerals.
FINAL FLING is a one-stop-online-shop for end of life planning. It has a spirited, pragmatic and creative approach to death. It’s services include an online Will, films and forums, directories of suppliers and services, costs and comparisons, information and inspiration.
The Emergency Carer Card scheme
When emergencies happens, our lives are put on hold whilst we deal with the aftermath. For many carers life cannot simply be put on hold, when the person they are looking after relies on them for vital help and support. When a carer is rushed into hospital, who else will step in? If carers face an emergency they need to know that replacement care will get sorted out speedily and efficiently. For many, this may simply involve contacting a family member, friend or neighbour who is willing to cover in an emergency. www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice/practical-help/planning-for-emergencies
The Conversation Project is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care. Too many people are dying in a way they would not choose, and too many of their loved ones are left feeling bereaved, guilty, and uncertain. It’s time to transform our culture so we shift from not talking about dying to talking about it. It’s time to share the way we want to live at the end of our lives. And it’s time to communicate about the kind of care we want and don’t want for ourselves. We believe that the place for this to begin is at the kitchen table—not in the intensive care unit—with the people we love, before it’s too late. Together we can make these difficult conversations easier. We can make sure that our own wishes and those of our loved ones are expressed and respected. If you’re ready to join us, we ask you: Have you had the conversation? theconversationproject.org
My Last Song
Put your important details and digital memories in a secure storage area for the information needed by your executors and closest family, so you can be remembered for years to come. It also is a comprehensive source of funeral music advice.
Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief is working to make Scotland a place where there is more openness about death, dying and bereavement.
Grief Encounter helps children who have suffered the death of a parent or sibling. It offers a flexible and accessible bereavement service which aims to professionally care and respond to the needs of each service user. We aim to support every family with an individual approach.
Included is a ‘Teen Blog’ section that has a collection resources for teenagers.
Cruse Bereavement Care promotes the well-being of bereaved people and enables anyone bereaved by death to understand their grief and cope with their loss. As well providing free care to all bereaved people, the charity also offers information, support and training services to those who are looking after them.
A number of short films that can be used in numerous health and social care training scenarios, as well as in hospices, GP surgeries, care homes, voluntary organisations, community groups – anywhere, in fact, where discussions about end of life planning are appropriate.
The story of the attempts of a family to organise the funeral themselves without recourse to a traditional funeral director, and what immense value that was as they struggled to come to terms with their loss of a young man who died in an accident. It will have value for all those who are recently bereaved as well as anyone interested in healing power of creating a funeral ritual without recourse to conventional undertakers. beyondgoodbye.co.uk
At the peak of her career Dr. Anna Donald crossed the doctor-patient divide in a unique way. Diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer at the age of 37, this pioneer in evidence-based medicine took the courageous decision to share her experience of living with terminal illness. You can also go through to Anna’s website where there are some very interesting links to other short films that highlight the experience of a person with cancer.
Compassion and the true meaning of empathy
Buddhist roshi Joan Halifax works with people at the last stage of life (in hospice and on death row). She shares what she’s learned about compassion in the face of death and dying, and a deep insight into the nature of empathy.