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End of life, death and dying

On this page you will find information about what you can expect during end of life care, help to prepare for the physical and emotional changes and ways you can plan for your future care.

About end of life care

 

End of life care is support for people who are approaching death to enable them to live the remainder of their life with dignity and as well as possible up until the day they die.

It also involves support for family, friends or carers.

End of life care includes palliative care. If a person has an incurable illness, palliative care will help them to be as comfortable as possible as well as providing psychological, social and spiritual support.

 About end of life
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See our factsheet about end of life care to find out about when end of life begins, who can provide it and how to talk about end of life care.

View Factsheet 1 - About end of life care

Planning ahead

 

Being told an illness cannot receive curative treatment can be an emotional and distressing experience for anyone to deal with. It is important to know that there are choices available to ensure you have a good quality of life and that family and friends are supported during this difficult time.

There are a number of ways to plan for your future care and for after your death. You don’t have to be facing the end of life to put some of these in place.

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See our factsheet about planning ahead to find out about funeral planning, making a will, Lasting Power of Attorney and advance care planning.

View Factsheet 2 – Planning ahead

Supportive care for end of life

A number of services can be involved in supporting people at the end of life in different settings. This can be in a person’s own home, residential or nursing home or hospice.

You can discuss options with the people that are important to you and with professionals involved in your care to formulate a support plan and enable you to have as much choice and control as possible.

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See our factsheet about supportive care to find out about how to get support. 

View Factsheet 3 – Supportive care for end of life  

Care in the final days

Over time as medical conditions change, more support and advice to help meet a person’s wishes will be needed for them as well as their carers. The professionals involved will help the person to review any decisions about their care. Wherever the person is being cared for, the aim is to maintain their comfort, wellbeing and dignity.

The principles in the last few days of life for professionals providing care are to recognise when someone is nearing this stage and ensure effective symptom control, avoid unnecessary interventions, and importantly ensure good communication with family and carers.

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See our factsheet about care in the final days to find out about dying at home, what to expect when someone is dying and faith at end of life.

View Factsheet 4 – Care in the final days

 

After death

When someone dies there are many decisions and arrangements to make, all of which can be difficult to manage in a time of grief.

It helps to know the practical things that must be done in the following days and weeks. If the death happened in hospital, hospital staff will make arrangements for the medical certificate. Also, arrangements will need to be made for the body to be removed, usually to the care of a funeral director.

 After death
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See our factsheet about after death to find out about registering a death, bereavement benefits, arranging a funeral and wills, probate and inheritance.

View Factsheet 5 – After death

Bereavement support

Once all the practicalities of the funeral are over, the reality of bereavement sets in and we all deal with bereavement in our own way, depending on the relationship we had with the person that died.

There is help available to deal with this difficult period and to support people to deal with their loss, across Redbridge and nationally. 

 Bereavement support
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See our factsheet about bereavement support to find out about more about the help available and local groups that can provide support.

View Factsheet 5 – Bereavement support

End of life directory

Find details of different faiths or cultures to help you in understanding and supporting people during end of life, death and dying.

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View End of Life Directory, for faith, cultural and spiritual care

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