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What to do when someone dies

When we lose someone close to us, we can often feel lost and overwhelmed. On top of dealing with our emotions and grief, we might not realise the amount of practical work that needs to be done or where to start.

The Significant Other

Tim was a gay man suffering from an extreme form of dementia and a number of other life-threatening illnesses. We were not partners, but had a very close relationship. Such friendships, particularly in a situation of dementia, are as significant as partnerships and the role of the ‘significant other’ in the whole process of care needs to be acknowledged.

Mental health and planning ahead

We receive calls to our Information Line from a wide variety of people who want to make sure that their wishes for future care and treatment are followed. We often hear from people who tell us that they have a mental illness, or have had a history of mental illness, and are concerned that their wishes might be ignored because of this.


My name is David Perry and I am 62 years old. I live in Burnley where I have lived all my life apart from 3 years when I attended Sheffield University to study for a Chemistry Degree. I retired from being a teacher 2 years ago after a career lasting 38 years. Throughout my career

We’re listening…

On our Information Line, we frequently talk to people who want to plan ahead for a loss of capacity. This is often because they’ve been diagnosed with a condition such as dementia, motor neurone disease or Parkinson’s.

Tea, Talk and Samosas

Over the course of six weeks, older South Asian women from Lancashire took part in discussions at Compassion in Dying’s Tea, Talk and Samosas workshops, talking about planning ahead for future treatment and care.