Planning for an expected death

For anyone facing a life-threatening condition, palliative care is about improving the quality of life through physical, emotional and spiritual care.

If you are receiving palliative care, or supporting someone who is the following websites may have information that is useful for you:

Cancer support

If you have cancer and are living in Glasgow, you can access the ‘Improving the Cancer Journey Service’ by phoning 0141 287 7077 or visiting for more information.

Macmillan Information and NHS Bereavement Centre

The Macmillan Information and NHS Bereavement Centre is a new service based at Glasgow Royal Infirmary. The team work in partnership with Palliative and Spiritual Care to offer people the right support at the right time.

The team can also provide emotional and practical advice around:

  • end of life care
  • power of attorney
  • wills
  • funeral planning
  • complex bereavement issues
  • bereavement counselling
  • benefits advice to help cover the cost of the funeral

Glasgow hospices

Hospices offer comfort, compassion, care and support to those diagnosed with a life-limiting illness. If you are thinking about hospice services, speak to the health or social care professional who looks after you.

Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice and Marie Curie Hospice Care Glasgow offer hospice services. 

Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS) offers a full family support service for babies, children and young people with life- shortening conditions.

Support services

Macmillan Information and NHS Bereavement Centre

Maggie's Glasgow

Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice

list of other support services, including contact details, is also available.