Whether it's a family member or a friend, it's hard to know what to do when you're anticipating the death of a loved one.
Anticipatory grief is very real and can come in many forms, be it anger, anxiety, guilt, loneliness or just a deep sense of sadness. No matter how you feel, it's important to remember the way you're feeling is completely natural and there are ways you can get support, including helplines and community groups.
In this section, we'll look at managing anticipatory grief, when you need to think about funeral plans and we'll also look at some of the things you need to prepare for at this most difficult of times.
Here are our guides, articles and helpful information that may be of assistance when anticipating the death of a loved one.
If you're struggling or would just like someone to talk to, below are a few helplines that do great work and provide a shoulder to lean on for anyone who needs support:
Samaritans (Call: 116 123) - Free 24/7 support for anyone needing any kind of emotional support
Cruse (Call: 0808 808 1677) - Free helpline supporting those suffering with grief
Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (Call: 0300 111 5065) - UK support line meeting the needs and overcoming the isolation experienced by people over 18 who have been bereaved by suicide
Veterans UK (Call: 0808 191 4218) - Government-ran support organisation providing free support for veterans and their families
Age UK (Call: 0800 678 1602) - The UK's leading charity helping millions of older people with support, companionship and advice
The Silver Line (Call: 0800 470 8090) - Free 24/7 helpline for older people struggling with loneliness, sadness or lowness
Before someone dies, getting an understanding of what needs to be done and when, can help to ease the stress and confusion that you may face. Here are some articles that will provide some guidance.
There are a number of things you can arrange before a death, whether you're preparing for a loved one's death or thinking about your own.
Whether you're considering a hospice for your loved one or you're looking at organising the funeral, it's worthwhile making arrangements as early as possible.Preparing for a loved one's death
It's never a nice feeling thinking about your own death, but most of us have plans regarding what will happen to our estate and what will happen at our funeral.Preparing for your own death
Below are a few more resources that may help when it comes to anticipating a death.
If you’re arranging the funeral of a loved one, you’ll need to know exactly how much a funeral costs so that you can make the appropriate arrangements. These can differ depending on a number of factors.Funeral costs
Planning a memorial service isn't always straightforward. In our guide, we'll provide you with practical information on how to organise a memorial service whether you're pre-planning for yourself or for a loved one close to your heart.Planning a memorial service
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