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Support Around Death

This NHS Education for Scotland website aims to support healthcare 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.


Monday 11th November 2019

Inaugural NES Bereavement Education Conference: 

“Starting with the end in mind; A realistic approach to bereavement and resilience”


The conference is now fully booked, but you can sign up to our quarterly e-Newsletter for notifications of future events

Discussing Dying

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 NHS Education for Scotland video aims to help healthcare professionals discuss dying openly and honestly with their patients.

A transcript of this video can be found here.

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

This animation is one example of the topical videos we've produced for healthcare professionals around bereavement - please visit our video wall to see more.



Lone person walking on sand


The Support Around Death website's bereavement pages offer professionals guidance on dealing with the care of those who are bereaved.

This includes practical guidance e.g. what to expect after a sudden or unexplained death, as well as guidance on communication skills, e.g. with children who have recently been bereaved or with parents after the death of a baby. 

Go to the bereavement pages 


This website also provides links to education and training opportunities for professionals. 

Go to the Education, Learning and Resource section



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Medical Certificate of Cause of Death

This site also features a number of resources to guide healthcare professionals on completing a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (MCCD).

Go to the MCCD section

Do you work with people at the end of life or with those who are bereaved?

If yes, please visit the Support Around Death community of practice. This online forum enables professionals in Scotland to network, share information and learning on end of life and bereavement care.

Go to the community of practice

NHS Education for Scotland

Bereavement e-Newsletter

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