good life, good death, good grief


At Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief, we have worked with various partner organisations to produce a variety of resources relating to deteriorating health, death, dying and bereavement.

Information leaflets

We have worked with Dying Matters to make available eleven different leaflets that provide information relating to death, dying and bereavement. Hard copies can be ordered, or you can download the leaflets directly from our website. A full list and further information is available here: Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief Information leaflets.

60 second shorts

To mark Demystifying Death Week 2021 we launched six new short films, each aiming to demystify a different question relating to death, dying or bereavement:

  • What do children want to know about death?
  • How can I support a young person who is bereaved?
  • How might someone’s breathing change when they are dying?
  • What do I need to know about cpr?
  • I think my health might get worse… what plans should i make?
  • If I become too ill to make my own decisions, who will make decisions for me?

You can view all of the films, along with further information about each of these topics here: Demystifying Death 60-second shorts.

What happens when someone is dying?

Designed for carers, families and friends of dying people, this online resource tries to answer some of the questions people may have about what happens in the very last days and hours of a person's life...

- What happens when someone is dying?
- Will a person's pain get worse as they get closer to dying?
- Should I be worried?
- What can I do to help?

The online resource can be accessed here: What happens when someone is dying?

Planning for the future

Making plans when you’re healthy means there is less to think about if you get sick. It is never too soon to think about what you would like to happen if you become ill, or if your illness gets worse.

There are certain practical steps that everyone should take when thinking about planning for the future. Planning ahead in this way will make the financial, legal and practical consequences of illness and death for families much easier to deal with. More information about how to plan ahead for deteriorating health is available here: Planning ahead


We have produced a number of short films on the subjects of illness, death and bereavement.

These can be downloaded from our website free of charge, and used in a variety of situations, for example conferences, discussion events and training courses. A full list of films is available here: Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief films

It takes a village exhibition

It Takes a Village is a powerful and challenging series of portraits and personal stories exploring the idea that as people’s health deteriorates, care and support comes in many guises. We have a limited number of copies of the exhibition available to lend out - if you would like to provide a venue to host the exhibition, please get in touch.

Other resources

We have also produced:

  • A small origami gameencouraging people to 'plan your own future', including prompts and information relating to legal, medical, practical and personal aspects of advance care planning.
  • A conversation menu to prompt discussion around death, dying and bereavement
  • An about us leaflet providing background to Good Life, Good Death Good Grief.
  • Some cartoons that help illustrate some of our key messages
  • Death Trivia - some nicely presented facts about death, dying and bereavement.

Resources from other organisations


Cruse Scotland is a charity, staffed by volunteers, which provides training, and gives bereavement support to people throughout Scotland. Cruse have produced an Employer's Bereavement Toolkit to help employers be ready and able to manage a bereavement in the workplace.


The Whole School Approach to Supporting Loss and Bereavement is a resource to help teachers support children and young people during times of loss, change and bereavement.

The Resilience Project: Educating and Supporting Children around Death, Dying and Bereavement consists of five lessons covering the subjects of death, loss and grief. The lessons are aimed at pupils in Primary Six or Seven (aged nine to 12 years) and address experiences and outcomes across Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence.

The 100% Project

The 100% Project is a community engagement project set up by the Children's Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) which aims to start conversations about death, dying and bereavement in a life-affirming way. They have produced a short film in which parents who have lost a child talk of the importance of being open about death, dying and bereavement.

Dying Matters

The Dying Matters website makes available many useful resources. These include:

  • Leaflets providing support and advice to enable people to have open and honest conversations around death, dying and bereavement
  • Details of a number of books designed to help people deal with death, dying and bereavement
  • A range of information leaflets providing ideas about what different groups and organisations (including community groups, funeral directors, financial institutions, legal organisations, hospices, care homes and schools) can do to promote greater awareness of and involvement in death, dying and bereavement
  • Difficult Conversations guidance aiming to help anyone caring for someone with dementia to open up conversations about end of life wishes
  • Information and a lesson plan for schools

Age UK

Age UK have produced a booklet - Let's Talk About Death and Dying - which is designed to help people start conversations about death and dying and feel empowered to discuss things that are important to them.

Open University

Open Learn (a free educational platform run by the Open University) has lots of resources about death, dying and grief and is frequently updated.

This includes Life or Death Decisions which introduce people to ideas about planning for future care, next of kin, best interest decision making. This is both as an interactive (with questions and information) and as a filmed drama, which is free to be screened elsewhere.

There are several short courses people can take about death, dying and grief, including an introductory module, shorter courses about living with death and dying and one on the medicalisation of bereavement.

They have also worked with the BBC to produce a video about planning for the end of life and extended interviews from A Time to Live Documentary.

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