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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.


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

Transcripts of the videos below are available on this website. If you have any difficulty in locating these please contact us

Please note that all the videos on this website deal with issues of death and bereavement and were created for healthcare professionals: caution is advised for viewers who are not healthcare professionals as some may find the themes upsetting.

Educational films for health and social care professionals

Stories for education: living with death

Talking and being with people who are bereaved

Withdrawal of active treatment in an intensive care setting

Discussing Authorised (Hospital) Post Mortem Examination After Stillbirth or Neonatal Death

Dealing with unsuccessful neonatal resuscitation

Discussing dying

Understanding the processes following a sudden or unexplained death

Discussing Adult Authorised (Hospital) Post Mortem Examination

Talking to children who are bereaved

Breaking the news of intrauterine death

Supporting Families Around the Resuscitation of a Baby or Child

Supporting Families around the Resuscitation of an Adult Family Member

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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