For anyone interested in doing more research on any of the topics covered by the festival and some we could not include this year, these are a collection of links to websites that we recommend reading.
Age UK – www.ageuk.org.uk – 01235 849434 or 0800 169 6565
Age Concern & Age UK working together for older people.
Alzheimers’ Society – Alzheimers.org.uk – 0300 222 11 22
The largest national charity supporting people with dementia and their carers.
Bereavement Advice Centre – www.bereavementadvice.org – 01789 265077
Information and advice on practical concerns after death.
Blue Cross – www.bluecross.org.uk – 0800 096 6606
Pet bereavement support.
Child Bereavement Charity – www.childbereavement.org.uk – 01494 568900
National organisation supporting families and training professionals in a wide range of child bereavements.
Citizens Advice Bureau – www.citizensadvice.org.uk
Contended Dementia Trust – www.contendeddementiatrust.org.uk –
Helps those who have already been diagnosed with some form of dementia, and their carers, for whom practical help and resources are more important than research into prevention and care.
Crisis Skylight – www.crisis.org.uk – 01865 263 900
Crisis is the national charity for single homeless people – runs café and courses in Oxford.
Cruse – www.oxfordcruse.co.uk – 01865 245398
Free support to all bereaved people – information, counselling support and training services.
Dignity in Dying – www.dignityindying.co.uk – 020 7479 7730
We campaign to change the law to allow the choice of assisted death for terminally ill, mentally-competent adults, within upfront safeguards.
Dementia Oxfordshire – www.dementiaoxfordshire.org.uk – 01865 410210
Information, support and connection for people living with dementia in Oxfordshire.
Death Cafe – www.deathcafe.com
Information about running death cafes and an international diary of postings about when they are happening.
Dying Matters – www.dyingmatters.org
Set up by National Council for Palliative Care to promote public awareness of dying, death and bereavement.
Final Fling – www.finalfling.com – 0845 2001132
A range of advice on life and death decisions.
Finity – www.finity.org.uk
Community network encouraging and facilitating preparation for death and dying, as well as providing resources.
Good Funeral Guide – www.goodfuneralguide.co.uk – 01527 595 358
An independent, not-for-profit information resource.
Guide Posts Trust – www.guidepoststrust.org.uk – 0845 1204048
Information, advice and support.
Helen & Douglas House – www.helenanddouglas.org.uk – 01865 794749
Helen & Douglas House hospices care for children and young adults with life-shortening conditions and support their families.
Home Funeral Network – www.homefuneralnetwork.org.uk and Home Funeral Network
The Home Funeral Network UK offers support, education and guidance for all those involved in arranging a home based, family led funeral.
Living and Dying Consciously – www.livinganddying.co.uk – 01736 799231
Transforming perceptions around death and dying; supporting people in rediscovering the deep understanding of ourselves and of life that death gives us.
Living Well Dying Well – www.livingwelldyingwell.net – 01273 479114
Training Doulas (companions) for the dying; supporting families and individuals at the end of life; ‘Embracing Death and Dying’ courses for professionals and the public.
Maggie’s Centres – www.maggiescentres.org – 03001 231801
Centres for anyone affected by cancer – practical, emotional and psychological support. There is one in Oxford.
National Dementia Information Line – 0845 120 4048
Natural Death Centre – www.naturaldeath.org.uk – 01962 712 690
Free advice and information about death and dying helping people make informed choices about death and burial.
Nightline – 01865 270270 – 8pm-8am in term time
An independent listening, support and information service run for and by students.
Organ Donation – www.nhsbt.nhs.uk – 0300 1231107
Information about donating organs.
Oxford Befriending at End of Life – www.oxbel.org.uk – 01865 791781
Training volunteers to support those facing life-shortening conditions in their own homes.
Oxford District Probate Office – www.justice.gov.uk/courts/probate – 08453 020900
Not a drop-in service.
Oxfordshire Register Office – 1 Tidmarsh Lane, Oxford OX1 1NS – Mon-Thurs 9-4.30 – Friday 9-4 – 0845 125900
Oxford Mindfulness Centre – www.oxfordmindfulness.org – 01865 613141
Preventing depression, enhancing human potential with therapeutic use of mindfulness.
Parkinson’s UK – www.parkinsons.org.uk – 0808 800 0303
Advice and support for people living with Parkinson’s.
Papyrus – www.papyrus-uk.org – 0800 068 41 41
PAPYRUS is the national charity dedicated to preventing young suicides.
Restore – www.restore.org.uk – 0845 250 0518
Restore is an Oxfordshire charity providing rehabilitation, employment and training support for people with mental health problems.
Samaritans – www.samaritans.org – free phone 116 123
Samaritans is a confidential emotional support service for anyone in the UK and Ireland. The telephone line is open 24 hours and a drop in service.
SeeSaw – www.seesaw.org.uk – 01865 744768
An Oxfordshire charity providing grief support for children and families before and after a bereavement.
Sobell house – www.sobellhospicecharity.org.uk – 01865 857007
Sobell House Hospice providing professional and creative care for patients and families dealing with life-shortening conditions – day care and residential.
Soul Midwives – www.soulmidwives.co.uk
Spiritual and holistic companions to those facing the end of life.
Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide – www.uk-sobs.org.uk – 0844 561 6855
Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide exists to meet the needs and break the isolation of those bereaved by the suicide of a close relative or friend.
The Compassionate Friends – www.tcf.org.uk – 08451 232304
Charity of bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents supporting others who have been similarly bereaved.
The Porch Steppin’ Stone Centre – www.theporch.org.uk – 01865 728545
Supporting those who are experiencing, or have experienced, rough sleeping – training and overnight beds.
The Sensory Trust – www.sensorytrust.org.uk – 01726 222900
Making places more accessible, engaging and useful for everyone regardless of age, disability or social circumstance.
Transitus Network – 01258 475125
New network of people who consider the spiritual dimension of the death transition to be paramount.
University Counselling Service – www.admin.ox.ac.uk/shw/sounserv.shtml – 01865 270300
Therapeutic support for University of Oxford students facing emotional or psychological problems.
Winstons Wish – www.winstonswish.org.uk – 08452 03 04 05
National childhood bereavement organisation supporting children and families facing any kind of death.
Young Dementia UK – www.youngdementiauk.org.uk – 01993 776295
The first national source of information and support to focus specifically on young onset dementia; created with and for younger people, families and supporters.