End of life care

Find local end of life care services in London here.

End of life care should help you to live as well as possible until you die, and to die with dignity. The people providing your care should ask you about your wishes and preferences, and take these into account as they work with you to plan your care. They should also support your family, carers or other people who are important to you. 

Understanding death and dying

What happens when someone starts to die, and how is end of life care provided?

Find local services

Search services for people in the last years of life, their families, carers and friends

Support for carers

Carers, people approaching the end of life and their friends and family might find these resources useful

Planning ahead

If you have a terminal illness, or are approaching the end of your life, it may be a good idea to make advance care plans.

Palliative care

End of life care includes palliative care. If you have an illness that can’t be cured, palliative care makes you as comfortable as possible, by managing your pain and other distressing symptoms.

Who provides end of life care?

You have the right to express your wishes about where you would like to receive care and where you want to die. You can receive end of life care at home or in care homes, hospices or hospitals, depending on your needs and preference.

Talking about your illness

Living with a terminal diagnosis and knowing that you are dying can make you feel isolated, even though life is going on around you.

What to do after someone dies

Many of us only discover the practical procedures that are necessary after someone dies when we need to carry them out for someone we ourselves have loved and are grieving for.