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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.

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Bereavement training resources and information related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak are listed on a new dedicated webpage - click here to view

2nd Annual NES Bereavement Conference, 20th November 2020

Following the success of the inaugural NES Bereavement Conference on 11th November 2019, the NES Bereavement team will be running a conference this year on Friday 20th November 2020 at the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh. 

As a health or social care professional, to be kept up to date with details of future conferences, you may wish to sign up to our quarterly e-newsletter.

If you would like to see film clips or read some of the presentations that were delivered in 2019, please click here.

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.




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

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