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Thinking about end of life information guide

Thinking about life ending can be difficult – many of us tend to not think about it until we have to. But it’s a good idea to give yourself time to think and talk through all of your options. Planning ahead can make you feel more in control and gives yourself and your loved ones peace of mind that your wishes are known. Our guide can help you to prepare.

This guide offers practical and emotional guidance that can help you when preparing to make decisions about the end of your life. It includes:

  • how to start conversations with family and friends
  • making a will
  • planning your funeral
  • writing an advance statement of wishes
  • definitions of key terms that come up often.

The guide also lists useful organisations that you can contact for further support and guidance in thinking through your options.

Download your guide (PDF, 3 MB)

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Want to order print versions of our information guides?

If you’re a professional or organisation, please email orders@ageuk.co.uk. In your email please include how many you'd like of each guide and a full postal address of where you'd like them sent. Delivery normally takes around 10 days.

If you'd like to place an order for yourself, you can call our advice line on 0800 678 1602 or email us at orders@ageuk.co.uk – please include your full postal address and allow 10 days for delivery.

Need this guide in another format?

This guide is also available in other formats if that's more suitable for you.

  • You can request a free printed copy of this guide that we'll post to you. 
  • You can also request this guide in large print or audio format.

To request any of these options, you can call the advice line on 0800 678 1602.

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Last updated: Oct 25 2023

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