There is a lot of support available to you and your family. It’s important to ask for help or to talk to someone like your doctor if you feel you’re not getting enough support.
If you’re the person with cancer, your cancer specialist and your specialist nurse can offer support and advice. You can also talk to your GP if you need emotional support, whether you’re the person with cancer or a relative.
Sometimes it’s easier to talk to someone who’s not directly involved. Your specialist or GP can usually refer you to a counsellor or psychologist who can help.
Your local hospice will offer different services to support you and your family. You can use these services even if you do not want to go into the hospice. They will also offer support for your family after you have died.
Call our cancer support specialists for free on 0808 808 00 00. They can tell you more about counselling and can let you know about services in your area.
We have some easy read booklets that use simple language and pictures. They can be useful for anyone who finds it hard to read. The booklets are about care at the end of life and after someone dies.
Organisations such as Winston’s Wish or Marie Curie provide information about supporting children and teenagers when an adult is dying. The Childhood Bereavement Network (CBN) also lets you look for bereavement services near you. Your local hospice may also be able to support you and your children.