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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.

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NES Bereavement Webinar Series




NHS Education for Scotland is continuing its bereavement webinar series in 2021, with sessions for health and care professionals that cover various death and bereavement-related topics. Over 1,300 people have registered to date with positive feedback having been received:

“Excellent presentations and very topical…”

“Well paced, relevant, credible, thank you…”     “Very informative webinar”

Topics have included e.g. 

  • Managing bereavement in the workplace
  • Supporting children who are bereaved during and after the pandemic
  • Dealing with bereavement in remote and rural communities
  • Bereavement following substance use


Click here to view podcast recordings, PowerPoint slides and other information from previous webinars or click here to find out about upcoming sessions.

NES Bereavement Conference 2021 POSTPONED - new date tbc

In light of the current COVID-19 situation & pressure on clinical / frontline services NES has taken the difficult decision to postpone the #NESBereavement2021 conference that was due to take place virtually on the morning of Wednesday 24 February.

NES remains committed to delivering the event as soon as it is practical and sensible to do so, as the programme will be of relevance to a wide range of health and care professionals. It is hoped that a new date might be confirmed shortly. Please keep an eye on our events page and @NES_Bereavement for more information. 

Health and care professionals can still express interest in attending, by contacting the NES Events team at if they would like to be notified by email when a new date is confirmed and registration opens.

Click here or on the video to the left to hear from Dr Donald Macaskill who opened the 2019 conference. 


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.

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

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