The National Council for Palliative Care
Tel Normal: 020 7697 1520
The Fitzpatrick Building, 188-194, York Way, London N7 9AS
Is the umbrella organisation for all those who are involved in providing, commissioning and using hospice and palliative care services in England, Wales & Northern Ireland. It promotes the extension and improvement of palliative care services regardless of diagnosis in all health and social care settings and across all sectors to government, national and local policy makers.
In 2009, the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) set up the Dying Matters Coalition to promote public awareness of dying, death and bereavement.
Help the Hospices
Tel: 020 7520 8200
Is a UK charity for hospice care, they want the very best care for everyone facing the end of life, supporting members and other organisations as they strive to grow and improve end of life care throughout the UK and across the world.
Tel: 020 7520 8222
Hospice Information is a joint venture between Help the Hospices and St Christopher's Hospice. It claims to provide a comprehensive information service for everyone interested in and connected with hospice and palliative care in the UK and overseas. It produces a range of leaflets available to the public, reports, factsheets, newsletters and a magazine.
Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care
Tel: 0131 229 0538
1a Cambridge Street, Edinburgh EH1 2DY
The Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care is the national umbrella body for palliative care in Scotland. It brings together NHS bodies and voluntary and professional organisations to promote better understanding of palliative care, to make it available to all those who need it, and to improve standards of care for patients and families.
Provides information on the experience of bereavement and advice on ways to come to terms with loss.
British Holistic Medical Association
Tel: 0)1278 722 000
An organisation that aims to link holistic and medical practitioners so they can discuss their work and improve practice on holistic lines. Produces self-help tapes about relaxation, breathing, meditation imagery and coping with pain.
Buddhist Hospice Trust
Phone/text 07951 869265
Provides emotional support and spiritual care from a Buddhist perspective, for those who are dying or bereaved. Offers seminars and study weekends. Runs a national network of Buddhist volunteers, the Ananda Network, who will visit the dying and bereaved.
Child Bereavement Charity
Tel: 01494 446648
The Child Bereavement Charity provides specialised training and support for professionals to improve their response to the needs of bereaved families and produces resources and information for children and families and all the professionals who come into contact with them in the course of their work.
Childhood Bereavement Network
Among other things it provides lists of local support groups for children and families facing bereavement. (Local bereavement groups for children include: SeeSaw (Oxford). Tel: 01865 744768; Noah's Ark (Worcestershire), tel: 01905 745735: Daisy's Dream (Berkshire) tel: 0118 934 2604.)
Compassion in Dying
Supporting your choices at the end of life.
Counsel and Care
Tel: 0845 300 7585
A national charity offering free and confidential advice to older people, their relatives and professionals about community care, hospital discharge procedures, funding for suitable accommodation.
Cruse Bereavement Care
Tel: 0844 4779400
Offers bereavement support, advice and information to anyone bereaved by death. Many publications and useful leaflets. Offers social contact as well as support services to bereavement groups.
Tel: 020 3242 0200
Leonard Cheshire is the leading provider of care and support for disabled people and people with learning difficulties. It provides care at home, independent living units, day care, respite care and residential homes.
National Association of Complementary Therapists in Hospice and Palliative Care
Tel: 01895 464824
Aims to promote a greater understanding of the use of complementary therapies to enhance the quality of life of people living with progressive illness, and to support complementary therapists in their care.
National Health Information and Support Sources
Please click on the link below for our list of national health information and support sources.
Natural Death Centre
Tel: 0871 288 2098
Natural Death Centre provides some information on the website about preparing for death and organising funerals (including info about woodland burials, biodegradable coffins and family-organised funerals). It produces a Good Funeral Guide which gives the names of the best undertakers, cemeteries, crematoria and coffin suppliers.
RD4U means the 'road for you'
Tel Free: 0808 808 1677 Monday - Friday, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Cruse has also developed a special website -RD4U -for young people who are/have experienced bereavement. RD4U is designed for young people by young people. It is part of Cruse Bereavement Care's Youth Involvement Project and aims to provide support after the death of someone close and to let young people find their own way of dealing with bereavement.
Riprap is a website project based at the Department of Palliative Medicine, University of Sheffield. it enables children and young people to share their experiences and thoughts about living with a parent with cancer.
Sue Ryder Care
Tel: 0845 050 1953
The Sue Ryder organisation runs 18 care centres in Britain for patients with different disabilities and diseases. Care of those with cancer, HIV, Parkinson's Disease, Motor Neurone Disease, MS, Huntington's Disease and people with Acquired Brain Injury may be eligible for Sue Ryder care.
Tel: 0845 20 30 405
Winston's Wish helps bereaved children and young people rebuild their lives after a family death. It offers practical support and guidance to families, to professionals and to anyone concerned about a grieving child.