About hospice care

Hospice care transforms lives. It is there for us through life, through death and through grief.

Every year in the UK, hospices provide vital care to 200,000 people with terminal or life-limiting illnesses, as well as providing support for many of their loved ones.

From managing someone's pain, to looking after their emotional, spiritual and social needs, hospice care supports the whole person, helping them to live their life to the full.

If you want to find out more about hospice care, including the type of services it offers, where it is provided and how to get a referral, go to our 'What is hospice care?' section. Or you may like to hear some personal stories of hospice care from patients and family members.

To find your local hospice, use our 'hospice finder' service.

If you are interested in volunteering for a hospice, go to our 'Volunteering in hospice care' section.

For key facts and statistics about hospice care, go to our media centre.

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