Helpful Death, Dying and Bereavement Resources

There are many places to find good information about Dying Well, here are just a few of the ones we’d recommend:

End of Life & Palliative Care

Palliative care in the time of Covid – a graphic novel explain-er of the role of palliative care 

National NICE patient information – for people who want to understand and make decisions about treatment in case they develop Covid 

NHS practical care of the dying tool kit – what you can do to practically care for someone who is in their last days and hours of life

Hospice UK – the national charity for hospice care. They champion and support the work of more than 200 member organisations, which provide hospice care across the UK

NHS Choices – End of Life Care – a guide for people who are approaching the end of their life. 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

Bereavement Care - Who Can Help?

Cruse Bereavement Care -Support, advice and information for anyone bereaved | Helpline 0808 80801677 | Birmingham Cruse client line 0121 687 8011

Edwards Trust – supporting children and families facing loss and surviving bereavement across the West Midlands | Bereavement Tel: 0121 454 1705 Email:

Birmingham Counselling Services  Online | Face to face| Telephone 0121 314 9903  

Nishkam Civic Association Bereavement Support 0121 515 4229

Birmingham Irish Association Bereavement Support 0121 604 6111

The Good Grief Trust – information and support by the bereaved for the bereaved – comprehensive online bereavement support website for the bereaved and the health professionals that support them |Sudden Bereavement Helpline: 0800 2600 400

At A Losssignposting to bereavement support the only UK charity dedicated solely to providing bereavement support following the loss of a loved one to cancer

Raising Awareness of Death, Dying & Bereavement

Dying Matters – national website committed to raising awareness of dying, death and bereavement

Compassion in Dying – a national charity working to inform and empower people to exercise their rights and choices around end-of-life care

Pallium Compassionate Community Start up Toolkit equips you with essential information, resources, and templates to launch a Compassionate Community 


The Good Funeral Guide – a trusted, independent, not-for profit guide to funeral advice

The Natural Death Centre – independent charity committed to providing good funeral advice

Legal & Practical Matters

Making a Will – government site advising you on how to write a will

Digital death and how to handle it  – what happens after you die to your digital assets with a step by step guide to planning for your digital death on making and registering power of attourney for Health & Welfare, and Finance & Property

Non-Fiction: Death & Dying

Gawande, Atul, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, 2014

Kalanithi, Paul, When Breath Becomes Air, 2016

Mannix, Kathryn, With the End in Mind: How to Live and Die Well, 2019

Prechtel, Martín, The Smell of Rain on Dust: Grief and Praise, 2015


Non-Fiction: Grief

Barthes, Roland, Mourning Diary, 2010

Didion, Joan, The Year of Magical Thinking, 2005 

Prechtel, Martín, The Smell of Rain on Dust: Grief and Praise, 2015

Rosen, Michael, Sad Book, 2004

Samuel, Julia, This Too Shall Pass, 2020