Having conversations about death and dying

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When we, or someone close to us, is diagnosed with a life-limiting illness or is approaching the end of life due to older age, there will often be many things to discuss that can be difficult to approach.

Here at St Clare, we believe that we should all feel empowered to talk about death and dying; ask questions; listen; and make our wishes known to those who are most important to us.

However, it is not always easy to do this. Talking about the future can be upsetting, worrying and scary for many people. Sometimes, it can feel ‘awkward’ to bring up in conversation – even when there are really important things that you feel you should talk about with your friends and family. It can also be difficult to make your thoughts, wishes and feelings known to a healthcare professional who is looking after you or someone close to you.


Resources

We have developed a set of resources, designed to help you have conversations about the future with those around you – including younger members of the family, and children. These supportive, comprehensive guides are here for you to read at your own pace.

A Guide: How to talk to children about death and dying

This is a guide designed to offer support to adults to help them feel more comfortable to approach the subject of death and dying and engage in meaningful conversations with their children.

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Infographic: How to talk to kids about death and dying

This infographic provides bitesize information about having a conversation about death with kids and is designed to provide useful pointers for parents and guardians.

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A Guide: How to talk about death and dying

This guide is for anyone wanting to have a meaningful conversation about death and dying with their friend or loved one.

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Infographic: How to talk about death and dying

How to talk about death and dying p.1This infographic provides bitesize information about having a conversation about death and is designed to provide useful pointers.

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Get in touch

If you would like to discuss accessing any of our Children, Young People and Family Services, whether you or a member of your family is living with a life-limiting illness, or are experiencing bereavement, please get in touch.

Call us on 01279 773700

Email info@stclarehospice.org.uk