FAQs for patients, carers and families

If you’re a patient, family member or carer, or anyone who needs further information about palliative or end of life care, please have a look at these links to trusted resources.

If you need further information, please contact your local hospice or palliative care team.

Q: I want to find out about bereavement and bereavement support

Ataloss provides the UK’s bereavement signposting service. You can look for bereavement services, bereavement resources, helpline information and how to access the free bereavement counselling service

Visit the Ataloss website here


For support via a helpline, Crusechat or receive daily tips of support

Cruse bereavement support


Most people experience grief when they lose something or someone important to them. If these feelings are affecting your life, there are things you can try that may help

Grief after bereavement or loss (NHS)


For support when a baby or child of any age is dying, or a child is facing bereavement

Child bereavement UK


Q: I am caring for someone who uses substances and is (or might be) seriously unwell and need more information

The End-of-Life Care and substance use website provides a wealth of information and support for people

Visit the website here

Q: I want to know more about hospices, and find my local hospice

The hospice UK website is full of useful information, support and guidance, explaining more about hospice and end of life care.

Visit the website here


Looking for a hospice? The hospice finder shows you adult and children’s hospices near you.

Visit the website here


Q: I want to write an Advance Care Plan

Compassion in dying can help prepare you for the end of life. How to talk about it, plan for it, and record your wishes.

Compassion in dying


Advance care planning makes sure people know what your wishes are when it comes to your treatment and future care. Macmillan has advice to help you plan ahead.

Macmillan Cancer Support

Q: I want to find out about cancer at the end of life

Macmillan cancer support can help you find practical and emotional support at the end of life.

Visit the website here


Cancer Research recognises that what happens in the last days of life is different for everyone. But it can help carers and relatives to know a little about what to expect.

Visit the website here


GM Cancer Alliance is one of 21 Cancer Alliances across NHS England and aims to improve the lives of people affected by cancer in Greater Manchester. They want more people than ever to reduce their risk of developing cancer, and for those who do go on to develop cancer, we want to improve their survival outcomes and experiences. 

Visit the website here

Q: I want to find out about Lasting Power of Attorney

A lasting power of attorney (LPA) is a legal document that lets you (the ‘donor’) appoint one or more people (known as ‘attorneys’) to help you make decisions or to make decisions on your behalf.

Visit the gov.uk website here


Managing affairs for someone else (Citizen’s Advice)

Visit the website here