As a person with dementia approaches the end of their life and subsequently passes away, families face dealing with loss and grief as well as the practical arrangements that need to be put in place.

This sections provides resources and information to support families during this difficult time.

ASI have a range of factsheets to support families to understand what happens during late stage dementia and the emotions of loss and grief that can emerge when caring. We also have an information sheet for people who have been recently bereaved. You can download these resources at the links below:

These resources are available for download by clicking the links above or can be posted out free of charge by calling 1800 341 341 or emailing helpline@alzheimer.ie

The Irish Hospice Foundation have a dedicated website for people who are recently bereaved, it provides information on how to cope and what supports are available, you can visit it here

Following a bereavement,  families may need practical information to understand some of the steps they need to take, the following resources can help

The Citizens Information Service provides the following information sheets free of charge:

  • Information for those affected by bereavement
  • Checklist of things to do following a bereavement 
  • When someone dies in Ireland 
  • Practical arrangements after a death 

You can get information on each of these topics from www.citizensinformation.ie or by contacting low call 0761 07 4000

The HSE have a comprehensive booklet  entitled ‘Bereavement - when someone close dies’ . This book lists services such as support groups and bereavement counselling services that are available as well as providing  legal and financial information. You can download this booklet here

Life After Care: A handbook to support transition to post-caring; developed by Care Alliance and provides tips and suggestions to help with the transistion to life after being  a caregiver. You can download this booklet here

If you would like to speak to someone please do not hesitate to contact our free and confidential National Helpline at 1800 341 341. This service is open six days a week, Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm and Saturday 10 am to 4pm.

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