Preparing for Life’s End
Coping With Living Bereavement
What do we mean by ‘Living Bereavement’?
As grief psychotherapist Julia Samuel says ‘Grief starts at the point of diagnosis, when we can no longer assume, as most of us do, that we are going to continue to live for the foreseeable future’.
Living with the knowledge that our time on earth, or that of a loved one, is shorter than we thought it was going to be can seem unbearable, but finding the right support may help to ease some of the pain and distress.
Where to Find Support
There is an extensive network of hospices throughout the United Kingdom. Hospice UK, the national charity working for those experiencing dying, death and bereavement, has a list of hospice members and other partners who work in end of life care.
End of Life Doulas and Soul Midwives
With medical services and professionals stretched to the limit, it is not always possible for them to give patients the extra care, support and information they need when they are facing the end of their life. An End of Life Doula or Soul Midwife can fill this void.