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If you have any questions about Bereavement Care in Scotland you can contact the Scottish Government Patient Support and Participation Division at:

Patient Support and Participation Team
Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorates
St Andrew's House (GER)
Regent Road


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If you would like to request information about Bereavement Care in Scotland in an alternative language or format please contact the Patient Support and Participation Division as above.

Bereavement Care

We recognise that quality bereavement care starts with the care of the dying, and is dependent on the provision of evidence based training and support for staff to enable them to provide the appropriate support for bereaved relatives and carers.

We issued good practice guidance to NHS Boards in February 2011 to support them in shaping bereavement care services:

The guidance provides a framework for action to assist NHS Boards in the development and delivery of quality bereavement care services.

The guidance, developed over a two year period by a multi-disciplinary working group, identifies the need for improvement in the training and support of all NHS staff whose work brings them into contact with dying patients and bereaved relatives and carers.      

Each Health Board is developing plans to improve the delivery of bereavement care in their area, often in partnership with other organisations.

Bereavement Support Information Leaflets

When someone close to you dies, you may be unsure what to do. We have developed an information leaflet 'When someone has died' to help you through the first few days. The leaflet explains what you need to do, and how you may feel.

Most people at some time in their lives find themselves responsible for making the arrangements after the death of a relative or a friend. It is a difficult and worrying time and the booklet 'What to do after a death in Scotland' tells you some of the things that have to be done:

E-learning on Loss and Grief

We have supported the development of a series of e-learning courses for NHS staff in collaboration with Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland. The completed modules are presented on LearnPro, the e-learning platform favoured by most health boards. NHS Board staff can obtain further information from their NHS Learning and Development department:

SAD: Support Around Death

SAD has been set up to act as a network of resources for improving the quality of bereavement care throughout NHS Scotland.  The website supports healthcare staff working in the NHS with patients, their carers, and families before, at, and after death.

It also provides a community of practice, which aims to facilitate the sharing of information, research, and effective models of care amongst healthcare staff. 

SAD replaced the Scottish Grief and Bereavement Hub which undertook a similar role in 2015.