Bereavement care and support

Quality bereavement care starts with the care of the dying, and is dependent on the provision of evidence-based training and support for staff so they can provide the appropriate support for bereaved relatives and carers.

General guidance on bereavement information and support services is available on mygov.scot.

Bereavement care

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

We issued good practice guidance on shaping bereavement care to NHS Boards in February 2011 to support them. The guidance provides a framework for action to help NHS Boards in the development and delivery of quality bereavement care services.

We supported the development of a series of e-learning courses for NHS staff in collaboration with Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland on LearnProNHS.

Bereavement guidance

When someone close to you dies, you may be unsure what to do. The publication when someone has died can help you through the first few days by explaining what you need to do, and how you may feel.

We have provided practical advice in what do do after a death in Scotland to help with arrangements after the death of a relative or friend.