Making peace with death: National attitudes to death, dying and bereavement

September 12, 2018

Source: Co-op Funeralcare

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Date of publication: August 2018

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: This new report provides the results of a survey commissioned by the Co-op to understand national attitudes towards death, dying and bereavement and the ways in which people plan for death. The research reveals that almost 18 million people are uncomfortable talking about death, 4 million people have experienced financial hardship as a result of someone’s death and the average Brit first suffers a bereavement of someone close to them aged 20.

Length of publication: 14 pages


Learning from deaths: guidance for NHS trusts on working with bereaved families and carers

August 3, 2018

Source: NHS England

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Date of publication: July 2018

Publication type: Guidance

In a nutshell: This guidance advises trusts on how they should support, communicate and engage with families following a death of someone in their care. It sets out different stages following a death and calls on trusts to involve families throughout by providing bereavement support, signposting families to advice and advocacy support along with examples of how trusts are working with families and good practice guidance on specific subjects

Length of publication: 43 pages


A road less lonely: Moving forward with public health approaches to death, dying and bereavement in Scotland

May 29, 2018

Source: ehospice

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Date of publication: April 2018

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: The Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care and Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief have published a report looking at how to encourage more supportive attitudes and behaviours relating to death, dying and bereavement in Scotland. It highlights a range of relevant projects that are improving people’s experiences of death, dying and bereavement.

Length of publication: 92 pages


Is dying in hospital better than home in incurable cancer and what factors influence this? A population-based study

October 9, 2015

Source: BMC Medicine 2015, 13:235

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Date of publication: October 2015

Publication type: Article

In a nutshell: This study aims to determine the association between place of death, health services used, and pain, feeling at peace, and grief intensity.  The authors determined factors influencing death at home, and associations between place of death and pain, peace, and grief. Findings suggest that dying at home is better than hospital for peace and grief, but requires a discussion of preferences, GP home visits, and relatives to be given time off work.

Length of publication: 14 pages


Sue Ryder launches online community as new bereavement research is published

July 16, 2015

Source: Sue Ryder

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Date of publication: July 2015

Publication type: Webpage

In a nutshell: Sue Ryder has published findings from a new survey which highlight how sharing experiences of bereavement has a positive impact on how long it takes people to feel better. The research, which was conducted with Census Wide and had 2,053 respondents, found that it takes an average of two years, one month and four days to feel better following a bereavement.

“Sue Ryder’s new online community support service is an excellent way of bringing bereaved people together, so they do not feel isolated and can more easily get the peer support, advice and information they need.”

More information about the new online community and support is available on the Sue Ryder website.


What to expect when someone important to you is dying: A guide for carers, families and friends of dying people

March 30, 2015

Source: NCPC; Sue Ryder; Hospice UK

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Date of publication: March 2015

Publication type: Guidelines

In a nutshell:A new guide which prepares people on what to expect when someone is dying has been published by the National Council for Palliative Care. ‘What to expect when someone important to you is dying’ aims to demystify the dying process so that people better understand the changes that can happen to their loved ones in the last days of life.

Length of publication: 24p.


Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care: Strategic Framework for Action

February 3, 2015

Source: Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care

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Date of publication: January 2015

Publication type: Position Paper

In a nutshell: The Scottish Government has produced a position paper which aims to set out the current position regarding the development of a Strategic Framework for Action for Palliative and End of Life Care.

Length of publication: 12 pages