Recommended Reading

A list of bereavement books we highly recommend.

Books for Adults

The Plain Guide to grief –Dr John Wilson

A guide to help you manage your grief following a life changing loss. Written in plain language, this will offer support now and in the coming months.

A grief observed – C S Lewis

A classic book detailing the author’s personal journal through grief after the death of his wife.

I wasn’t ready to say goodbye – Brook Noel and Pamela Blair

A book for those who have been affected by a sudden death, navigating you through the turmoil of emotion and loss. 

It’s ok that you’re not ok – Megan Devine

A guide written with compassion and personal insights, to help you heal and support yourself through bereavement.

Grief works – Julia Samuel

This book, by the Psychotherapist Julia Samuels, is a guide to coping with grief and supporting yourself through bereavement, with the help of real life client stories.

Grief day by day – Jan Warner

A ‘grief recovery handbook’ offering daily reflections and practices, to assist with the pain of grief.

The adult orphan club – Flora Baker

A personal and honest chronicle about parental death.

How to survive losing a loved one – Karen Jackson Taylor and Christine Pearson.

A practical guide to coping with your partner’s terminal illness and death and ‘building the next chapter in your life’.

Books for Children

Here are some book suggestions for children when the person is ill or in bereavement. It is advisable for an adult to read the book before giving it, or, reading it with the child so that the adult can make a decision as to whether it’s suitable for their particular child. The age range given is very approximate and depends on the level of development of the child.


Book list for children when someone is seriously ill

As Big As It Gets  (A Winston’s Wish publication) provides a good guide for parents and carers about how to talk to children in all age groups. It’s simple format makes it easy to read but it has good information and helpful hints and tips.

Talking to children and teenagers when an adult has cancer  & Preparing a Child for Loss

These are Macmillan Cancer Support Publications (available free, order from their website).  Again containing really useful information and tips for talking with children of all ages about these very difficult subjects.

When someone has a very serious illness by Marge Heegaard (1988)

A workbook that an adult can use to help guide a child through their thoughts and feelings when an adult in their family is seriously ill. Useful for children aged 5 upwards.

The Secret C: Straight talking about Cancer by Julie Stokes

This book, which is suitable for children aged 9-12 years, is aimed at carers or parents, to help them explain to their child about cancer. It takes the situation through the treatments and to the point where the person may not survive.


Booklist for bereaved children

A child’s grief: supporting a child when someone in the family has died (a Winston’s wish publication) . A simple, easy to read guide for adults supporting a child in bereavement.

Is Daddy coming back in a minute? By Eike and Alex Barber 2016

This is a good storybook for very young children. It explains the concept of sudden death to small children, based on real-life discussions between the two authors – mother and son following the sudden death of daddy.

Missing Mummy: A book about bereavement. By Rebecca Cobb 2011

A book for young children exploring loss from a child’s point of view. It can be helpful in allowing a child to begin to explore their emotions.

No Matter What by Debbie Gliori 2003

Though not directly about death, this story book reassures young children that love never dies.

Muddles Puddles and Sunshine by Diana Crossley 2009

A workbook designed to provide a helpful series of activities and exercises for an adult to help children aged 6 -12 explore loss and grief.

The Invisible String by Patricia Karst (2018)

A simple approach to loss – even though you can’t always be your loved ones, there is an invisible string connecting you to the people you love. Suitable for children aged around 5-8 years.

When dinosaurs die by Laurie Krasny (1998)

This book uses cartoon dinosaurs to illustrate the text. It explains death in a simple way and explores issues such as:- why do people die? It also look at the funeral and other rituals. Probably suitable for children 6-12 years.

Always and Forever by Alan Durante

 This book tells the story of 4 animals, one of whom dies, and their friends different reactions. Also suitable for children aged 6 -12 years.

What on earth do you do when someone dies? By Trevor Romaine 2003

This is a book for slightly older children around 9-12. It is a factual guide with tips and information.

Straight talk about death for teenagers by Earl Grollman 1993

A book for teenagers, examining the range of normal thoughts and feelings experienced when someone dies.

The Grieving Teen by Helen Fitzgerald 2000

A detailed book for teenagers which covers the time from anticipating the death and into bereavement. The book is helpful for teenagers in that enables them to identify their thoughts and feelings and gives strategies for dealing with them.

List of pharmacies 

 Pharmacy name and address

Phone Number

100 hour pharmacy


Asda Pharmacy

St Pauls Road, Bournemouth,BH8 8DL

01202 298900


Bournemouth East

Castle Lane Pharmacy
482 Castle Lane West Bournemouth, BH8 9UD

01202 772110


Bournemouth West

Ferndown Pharmacy
487 Ringwood Road, Ferndown, BH22 9AG

01202 892666


East Dorset

Tesco Extra Pharmacy
Yarrow Road, Mannings Heath Poole, BH12 4NX

01202 457447 or 01202 367447



Asda Pharmacy
West Quay Road, Poole, BH15 1JQ

01202 207000


Poole Central

Equipment – Is useful for wheelchairs and other equipment

Guide for people nearing end stage of life :

Brief Drugs List for GPs



Morphine sulphate 2.5-5mg SC PRN (10mg in 1ml injection)

(alternative if taking PO or eGFR<30 – Oxycodone 1 – 2.5mg SC PRN (10mg in 1ml injection))

[Please take background opioid into account when prescribing doses for anticipatories]


Midazolam 2.5-5mg SC PRN (10mg in 2ml injection)


Glycopyrronium 200mcg SC PRN (600mcg in 3ml injection)

(alternative for secretions: Hyoscine Butylbromide 20mg/ml injection)

Nausea :

Levomepromazine 6.25mg SC PRN (25mg in 1ml injection)

(alternative for nausea: Haloperidol 1.5mg SC PRN (5mg in 1ml injection)

Water for injection

Dexamethasone 3.3mg SC OD-BD (equivalent to 4mg PO) if risk of steroid withdrawal/Addisons during terminal phase.

Day/Time Example Timetable
Monday - AM

9am MMU Ward Hand over; 9:30am Tour of MMU

10m Consultant Ward Round, MMU

Monday - PM

12pm Ward Nurses - syringe driver administration (treatment room)

1:30 Nursing Handover – MMU (ward office)

MMU – Admission Assessment(s) with ward doctor

Tuesday - AM

9am Ward Hand over

9:20am Referrals Meeting on MMU

10am Community visiting with Specialist Nurse

Tuesday - PM

12:30 Journal Club – MMU (doctors office)

2pm Introduction to Patient and Family Support Team

3pm Introduction to Welfare and benefits Advisor

Wednesday - AM

9am Ward Hand over

9:20am Referrals Meeting on MMU

10am Consultant ward round - MMU

Wednesday - PM

2pm Doctor/Nurse Home Visit with Specialty Doctor

Thursday - AM

9:15am Multi-Disciplinary Team Meeting on MMU

Thursday - PM

2pm Introduction to Palliative Rehabilitation with Physiotherapist

3pm Introduction to Complex Discharge Planning in terminal illness

Friday - AM

Hospital Palliative Care Team Ward Visits

Friday - PM

2pm Introduction to Personalised Care Plan for the Last Days of Life with End of Life Care Nurse

4pm Debrief / sign off