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About Us

The Support Around Death (SAD) website was first launched by NHS Education for Scotland (NES) in 2015. 

It aims to support the education and training needs of those who work with people who are bereaved in Scotland.

The content is aimed primarily at professionals within health and social care, however, the information and resources may also be applicable to other agencies.

The management of the website is undertaken by the NES Supporting Scottish Grief & Bereavement Care workstream, which also has a remit to develop, create and host bereavement-related educational materials for health and social care professionals. 

To find out more about the work of NHS Education for Scotland, please click here

Find out more

To read about our learning resources, training, events and publications:

The SAD website enables users to:

  • Access information and resources on bereavement and care around the time of death

  • Identify opportunities for learning related to bereavement and care around the time of death

  • Learn and share best practice guidelines and research

Annual Reports 

Read more about the activities that NES has undertaken within the Supporting Scottish Grief & Bereavement Care workstream over the last few years. 

Thistle Image

The thistle image (right) was developed by NHS Education for Scotland in conjunction with the NHS Board Bereavement Strategic Leads & Coordinators Network. It was originally used by the Scottish Government on their booklet / folder for people who have been bereaved: ‘When Someone Has Died’ and now is being utilised on a wide range of materials in order to identify and promote resources for use around bereavement in Scotland.

Outwith NHSScotland, it was also used to form the basis of a logo for the Bereavement Charter for Children and Adults in Scotland which launched in 2020. More information on the Charter can be found at:

NES keeps track of the ongoing use of the image to establish where and how it is being used. We would ask anyone planning to use it to get in touch with us at to let us know how they plan to use it. 

Any questions?

If you have any questions about the SAD website or the work that NES is leading on bereavement education, please contact