The short films on this page and other areas of this website were launched before the COVID-19 pandemic and therefore some elements may not now be appropriate for the current situation within health and care settings, however many of the key points will still be of relevance for practitioners.

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 video aims to help healthcare professionals discuss dying openly and honestly with their patients.

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A transcript of this video can be found here.

A downloadable leaflet which accompanies the video can be found here.

Withdrawal of Active Treatment in an Intensive Care setting

Discussing the withdrawal of active treatment in an intensive care setting can be a difficult and distressing conversation for everyone involved. This video aims to help healthcare professionals communicate with families in this situation.

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transcript of this video can be found here.

A downloadable leaflet which accompanies the video can be found here.

Supporting Families around the Resuscitation of a Baby or Child

The sudden and unexpected deterioration of a child is an unimaginable situation for families. This video aims to help prepare healthcare professionals to support and communicate with parents, which is an essential part of caring for a whole family at this difficult time. Please note that this video is designed to act as a guide to communication and the depictions of cardiopulmonary resuscitation used within it should not be considered instructional.

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transcript of the video can be found here and a downloadable leaflet which accompanies the video can be found here.

Supporting Families around the Resuscitation of an Adult Family Member

A person’s sudden collapse is potentially one of the most traumatic events that a family can experience, particularly when unexpected and if the resuscitation is not successful. This video aims to help prepare healthcare professionals to support and communicate with families at this difficult time. Please note that this video is designed to act as a guide to communication and the depictions of cardiopulmonary resuscitation used within it should not be considered instructional.

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A transcript of this video can be found here and a downloadable leaflet which accompanies the video can be found here.

Delivering the news of a death by telephone

Breaking the news of a death can be particularly challenging for health and social care staff when circumstances require them to do it by telephone. This video aims to help professionals prepare for and undertake these conversations.

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A transcript of this video can be found here and a downloadable leaflet which accompanies the video can be found here.

Talking and being with people who are bereaved

When working in health and social care, encountering people who are bereaved is inevitable. It is important to be aware of some ways to sensitively approach these interactions; to have the confidence to talk or just listen. This video aims to help health and social care professionals communicate with families in this situation. 

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transcript of this video can be found here and a downloadable leaflet which accompanies the video can be found here.

Talking to children who are bereaved

Talking to children when they are about to be bereaved or have just experienced a death may feel daunting. Knowing how children of different ages may react can help. This video aims to enable professionals to facilitate such discussions through an enhanced understanding from the perspective of children who have been bereaved.

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A transcript of this video can be found here and a downloadable leaflet which accompanies the video can be found hereMore information can also be found here.

Stories for Education: Living with Death

This film, based on the experiences of doctors, has been produced to help individuals consider the emotional impact of caring for people at the end of their life, especially if there are treatment options which may not be appropriate. It will be particularly useful for doctors in training but may also have relevance to other health and social care professionals. This resource may be particularly appropriate to use in a small group teaching setting. Please note, this animation is not designed to be an instructional guide.

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transcript of this video can be found here and a downloadable leaflet which accompanies the video can be found here.

Coping with death and bereavement as a health and social care professional

This film introduces the acronym ‘TALK

  • Tell
  • Ask
  • Listen
  • Kindness

which was designed to help health and social care professionals cope with death and bereavement. It encourages staff to support each other with simple strategies such as talking to your colleagues, asking how your team are doing, listening to one another and showing kindness to yourself and others.

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A transcript for this video can be found here. A downloadable leaflet which accompanies the video can be found here.

Breaking the news of intrauterine death

Breaking the news of an intrauterine death is one of the most challenging parts of working within maternity settings. It can affect not only the patient but also the doctor and the wider team. This video aims to support healthcare professionals who work in maternity services and those who are involved in caring for patients who have experienced an intrauterine death.

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A transcript of this video can be found here and a downloadable leaflet can be found here.

 

Dealing with unsuccessful neonatal resuscitation

Whilst most neonatal resuscitations are successful, sometimes babies are born too sick to survive. This video offers a communication guide for all healthcare staff who may deal with this situation or care for families after a neonatal death. The areas covered include, preparing parents for what they may see during the resuscitation, breaking the news honestly and clearly, providing information and support, introducing memory making, taking a baby home after death and the importance of debrief to support the team involved.

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A transcript of this video can be found here and a downloadable leaflet which accompanies the video can be found here.

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

After a stillbirth or neonatal death, a post mortem examination may provide parents with valuable information about why their baby died. This video aims to help healthcare professionals sensitively discuss post mortem examinations with families.

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A transcript of this video can be found here.

A downloadable leaflet which accompanies the video can be found here

 

Talking to parents about their decisions around burial or cremation after the death of their baby

This video includes guidance for professionals in Scotland on how to provide families who are bereaved with support and information about infant cremation, their options for the disposal of their baby and funeral arrangements. It will be of interest to a wide range of people, including healthcare professionals, funeral directors and crematoria staff.

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A transcript of this video is available here.

Discussing Adult Authorised (Hospital) Post Mortem Examination

Discussing post mortem examination with those who have recently been bereaved can be daunting and challenging. This video will be of relevance to all professionals who are involved in situations where a post mortem examination is being considered, discussed or undertaken. It specifically aims to enable the viewer to facilitate such conversations by focusing on questions that families may ask, including: why a post mortem examination should be considered and what is involved.

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A transcript of this video can be found here and a downloadable leaflet which accompanies the video can be found here.

Understanding the processes following a sudden or unexplained death

The management of a sudden or unexplained death can be challenging for professionals. The responses required may be complex, and come at an extremely difficult time for those who are bereaved. Empathetic handling and knowledge of the multi-agency processes which may occur can reduce unnecessary stress for all concerned. This video aims to enhance professionals’ understanding of these processes, including the role of Police Scotland, Police Family Liaison, medical practitioners and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.

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A transcript of the video can be found here and a downloadable leaflet which accompanies the video can be found here.

Demonstration of the Confirmation of Death procedure in Scotland

This short film shows a practitioner undertaking the essential clinical examination procedure required to confirm death in Scotland. It also includes an outline of the responsibilities of the practitioner in relation to communication, documentation and referral.

This resource was developed prior to the COVID 19 pandemic. 

Practitioners undertaking the procedure to confirm death of people with confirmed or suspected COVID-19, must adhere to the up to date infection prevention and control measures which includes personal protective equipment (PPE). This can be found at: https://www.hps.scot.nhs.uk/a-to-z-of-topics/covid-19/

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A transcript of this video can be found here.

Short Films on Medical Certification of Cause of Death

Death Certification, the Review Process and Discussions with Families

 

In this short film (aimed at medical staff in Scotland), Dr George Fernie (Senior Medical Reviewer, Healthcare Improvement Scotland - HIS) is seen in conversation with Dr Katherine Ritchie (Scottish Clinical Leadership Fellow) regarding the completion of Medical Certificates of Cause of Death (MCCD), talking about the content of these with families and the MCCD review process.

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A transcript for this video can be found here.

NES Bereavement Webinar Series Recordings

Supporting children who are bereaved during and after the COVID-19 pandemic

In this webinar Donna Hastings (Family Support Worker, St Columba's Hospice) & Dr Catriona MacPherson (Children and Families Practitioner, Fife Specialist Palliative Care) discuss how children and young people who are bereaved have been impacted by COVID-19, specifically addressing changes and lessons learnt from the pandemic. They review the impact of having been bereaved during the pandemic and the effect of e.g. visiting and funeral restrictions. Additionally, they address how children who are bereaved may be dealing with the situation and specific ways to support them.

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Dealing with bereavement as a health and social care worker in remote and rural communities

This recorded webinar was hosted by Pam Nicoll (Programme Director, Remote & Rural Healthcare Educational Alliance, NHS Education for Scotland), Dawn Allan (Spiritual Care Lead, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde), and Derek Brown (Lead Chaplain, NHS Highland).

The video covers the challenges and opportunities that come from working in a remote, rural or island setting; predominantly considering bereavement-related situations but also other contexts more generally. Speakers share their perspectives on what is different and what is not when working in these areas, and through case examples they highlight topics such as maintaining boundaries and confidentiality, staff resilience and wellbeing, and the challenges of living and working in small local communities.

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Bereavement following substance use

In this webinar Martha Rae (Senior Virtual Family Support Practitioner, Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol & Drugs) discusses the additional challenges that someone who is bereaved may face when substance use is involved and how to offer someone support who is bereaved as a result of substance use.

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NHS Education for Scotland Bereavement Education Conference - Speaker Film Clips (2019)

For more information on NHS Education for Scotland's inaugural bereavement education conference, held on 11th November 2019, (including the full programme and video transcripts) please click here

Dr Catherine Calderwood (Chief Medical Officer for Scotland)

 

In this short film Dr Catherine Calderwood shares a summary of the presentation she gave to open the conference.

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A transcript for this video can be found here.

Beyond the Full Stop: Bereavement and the Power of Human Story

 

In this short film Dr Donald Macaskill (Chief Executive, Scottish Care) discusses the power of human stories, especially around times of bereavement; the need for staff to be supported when caring for people at end of life or following a death; and work that is underway to develop a Bereavement Charter for Scotland.

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transcript for this video can be found here.

Dealing with Sudden & Unexpected Deaths: Perspectives from the Ambulance Service

 

In this short film Steven Short (Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Clinical Effectiveness Lead, Scottish Ambulance Service) discusses the impact on Scottish Ambulance personnel of dealing with death and bereavement, often on a regular basis, and in challenging situations.

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A transcript for this video can be found here.

Bereavement Following Substance Use

 

In this short film Martha Rae (Senior Virtual Support Practitioner, Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol & Drugs) discusses some of the key issues that people may face when they experience bereavement following substance use.

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A transcript for this video can be found here.

“But She’s Not Religious!”: Spiritual Considerations Around End of Life

 

In this short film Mark Evans (Head of Spiritual Care & Bereavement Lead, NHS Fife) explores the role of Spiritual Care in the context of end of life and bereavement situations. He also reflects on the impact that dealing with death and dying can have upon staff and how people can best be supported at work.

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A transcript for this video can be found here.

Anticipatory Grief in Dementia Before the time of Death

 

In this short film Amanda McCarren (Head of Development and Lead for Scotland and Northern Ireland, tide – Together in Dementia Everyday) raises awareness of anticipatory grief and bereavement which family carers may experience when looking after someone with dementia before the time of a death and the potential benefits in terms of them accessing support when health and social care professionals are aware of this issue.

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A transcript for this video can be found here.

Helping Children who are Bereaved; The Impact of Language and Practice

 

In this short film Sonya Richardson (Lead Bereavement Support Worker, Richmond’s Hope) shares information on the bereavement support needs of children in Scotland and tips on supporting young people who are grieving. 

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A transcript for this video can be found here.

Understanding the Needs of LGBT People in Relation to Death, Dying and Bereavement

 

In this short film Megan Snedden (Campaigns, Policy and Research Officer, Stonewall Scotland) shares information on some of the key issues affecting LGBT people in relation to death, dying and bereavement and outlines how health and social care professionals can best support LGBT people at this point in their life.

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A transcript for this video can be found here.

Managing Legal Processes After A Death – Medical Certification of Cause of Death

 

In this short film Dr George Fernie (Senior Medical Reviewer, Healthcare Improvement Scotland) shares information on the Medical Certification of Cause of Death review process in Scotland and interaction with families following a death. You may wish to consider also watching the film below recorded by David Green (Head of Scottish Fatalities Investigation Unit, Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service).

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A transcript for this video can be found here.

Managing Legal Processes After A Death – Interaction with the Procurator Fiscal

 

In this short film David Green (Head of Scottish Fatalities Investigation Unit, Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service) shares information on the role of the Procurator Fiscal in Scotland and insights into when deaths should and should not be reported to the Fiscal.

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A transcript for this video can be found here.

Supporting those with Profound & Multiple Learning Disabilities & their Carers around Bereavement

 

In this short film Pat Graham (Chair, PAMIS) and Maureen McClelland (Fife Family Support Service Director, PAMIS) discuss the support needs of those with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities and their unpaid carers regarding bereavement and loss. 

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A transcript for this video can be found here.

Psychological Resilience and Coping with Bereavement at Work

 

In this short film Dr Matthew Walton (Foundation Year 2 Doctor) discusses staff wellbeing and resilience in the context of traumatic situations that they may experience related to death, dying and bereavement in the course of their work.

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A transcript for this video can be found here.

The Three R’s; Realism, Reflection and Resilience

 

In this short film Dr Ken Donaldson (Associate Postgraduate Dean for Grief & Bereavement, NHS Education for Scotland) discusses realism, reflection and resilience within the context of end of life and bereavement care and talks about the topic of death and dying as one which can often be seen as taboo.

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A transcript for this video can be found here.

 

Staying Well at Work

 

In this short film Sharon Williams (End of Life Training Facilitator, The Irish Hospice Foundation) discusses the need for those involved in end of life or bereavement-related care, to acknowledge that the work they do can be demanding, to recognise the impact that it can have upon them and consider how one can take measures to look after oneself.

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A transcript for this video can be found here.

Should Staff Attend Patient Funerals?

 

In this short film Dr Graham Whyte (Associate Postgraduate Dean for Grief & Bereavement, NHS Education for Scotland) explores the question of whether staff should attend patients’ funerals, by reviewing current literature on this topic and considering the ethical arguments for and against.

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A transcript for this video can be found here.

Managing Bereavement in the Workplace – what is helpful and what is not?

 

In this short film Andrew Gillies (Spiritual Care & Bereavement Lead, Golden Jubilee National Hospital) explores the ways in which staff can support their colleagues around times of bereavement.

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A transcript for this video can be found here.

Please note, this website and these videos deal with issues related to death and bereavement and were created for healthcare professionals: caution is advised for those who are not healthcare professionals as some may find the themes upsetting. These films and other materials can also be found on the resources and learning page.