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Support Around Death

This NHS Education for Scotland website aims to support health and social care 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.

NES materials on this site are available in alternative formats and community languages please email  to discuss how we can best meet your requirements 


NES Bereavement Webinar Series



NHS Education for Scotland is continuing its bereavement webinar series into 2022, with sessions for health and social care professionals that cover various bereavement-related topics.  


For more information on upcoming sessions, click here


To view recordings, presentation slides and other information from previous webinars, click here

Short Educational Animations

This animation is one example of the short educational videos NES have produced for health and social care professionals around bereavement - please visit our video wall to see more.

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

Two downloadable leaflets which accompany the video can be found here: summary leaflet and detailed leaflet.

Educational films for health and social care professionals

Anticipatory Grief

Visit the Video Wall for more information on these films

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

Delivering the news of a death by telephone

Talking to children who are bereaved

Talking and being with people who are bereaved

Bereavement Charter for Children & Adults in Scotland: What does it mean for health and social care professionals?

Stories for education: living with death

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

Understanding the processes following a sudden or unexplained death

Discussing Adult Authorised (Hospital) Post Mortem Examination

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

NES Bereavement e-Newsletter

NHS Education for Scotland's Grief & Bereavement team produces a quarterly e-Newsletter aimed at health and social care professionals.

If you'd like to be kept up to date with training and educational materials related to bereavement care, please subscribe using the link below.

Go to the e-Newsletter sign-up page