This page acts as a repository for the NHS Education for Scotland animated films on matters related to bereavement care.

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.

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.

A transcript of this video can be found here.

Two downloadable educational posters which accompany the video can be found here: summary poster and detailed poster.

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.

A transcript of this video can be found here.

A downloadable educational poster which accompanies the video can be found here.

More information 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.

A transcript of this video can be found here

A downloadable educational poster 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.

A transcript of this video can be found here.

A downloadable educational poster 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.

A transcript of this video can be found 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.

A transcript of this video can be found here.

A downloadable educational poster 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.

A transcript of the video can be found here.

A downloadable educational poster which accompanies the video can be found here.