The end of your child’s life

The end of your child’s life will be a personal experience. You’ll be going through some powerful emotions during this time but try not to be worried about what is normal or expected. Just make sure you have the knowledge and support to make decisions that are right for you and your family.

You will need to think about where you would like your child to be cared for towards the end of their life and afterwards. Wherever you are, you should have skilled and experienced professionals to hand. They will guide you and enable you to care for your child as much as you feel able.

It’s normal to have lots of questions about the end of your child’s life. Although not all of them will have clear answers, the information in this section was designed to give you an overview of the where and how, what you’ll need to think about immediately afterwards and a better idea of what to expect.

Advance Care Planning and why it’s important for you and your child

What Advance Care Planning is and how it could benefit you as a family.

Where will my child die?

How home, hospices and hospitals offer support at the end of your child's life.

What will happen when my child dies?

Answers to questions about what happens at the end of your child's life.

Registering your child’s death

How to register your child's death and getting support.

Planning your child’s funeral

How to plan for, pay for and prepare for a service that's right for you.