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This NHS Education for Scotland website aims to support health and social care staff who are working with patients, carers and families before, at, and after death. It provides key information on the clinical, legislative, and practical issues involved.

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NES Bereavement Conference - Wednesday 24th November 2021

'The Changing Face of Bereavement: Providing care and maintaining our own wellbeing during the pandemic'

Register here!



To register, or for more information about the event including the programme and how to submit poster abstracts, please visit the NES Events website.

Speaker film clips and information from the inaugural NES Bereavement conference are available on the 2019 Conference page.

You can also watch this video to hear from Dr Donald Macaskill who opened the last conference and who will again be speaking at the upcoming event.



NES Bereavement Webinar Series




NHS Education for Scotland is continuing its bereavement webinar series in 2021, with sessions for health and social care professionals that cover various death and bereavement-related topics. Over 900 people have attended to date with positive feedback having been received:

“Excellent presentations and very topical…”

“Well paced, relevant, credible, thank you…”     “Very informative webinar”

Topics have included e.g. 

  • Managing bereavement in the workplace
  • Supporting children who are bereaved during and after the pandemic
  • Dealing with bereavement in remote and rural communities
  • Bereavement following substance use


Click here to view podcast recordings, PowerPoint slides and other information from previous webinars or click here to find out about upcoming sessions.

Short Educational Animations

This animation is one example of the short educational videos NES have produced for health and social care professionals around bereavement - please visit our video wall to see more.

Discussing dying is something most of us shy away from. The potential discomfort is not just in the patient’s mind - it’s also likely to be in the minds of the professionals who are looking after them. This NES video aims to help healthcare professionals discuss dying openly and honestly with their patients.

Two downloadable leaflets which accompany the video can be found here: summary leaflet and detailed leaflet.

NES Bereavement e-Newsletter

NHS Education for Scotland's Grief & Bereavement team produces a quarterly e-Newsletter aimed at health and social care professionals.

If you'd like to be kept up to date with training and educational materials related to bereavement care, please subscribe using the link below.

Go to the e-Newsletter sign-up page