Learning from deaths Guidance for NHS trusts on working with bereaved families and carers

NHS England, July 2018

The learning from deaths national guidance is for NHS trusts on working with bereaved families and carers. It advises trusts on how they should support, communicate and engage with families following a death of someone in their care.  Included is information for families following a bereavement has been prepared with the support of families, trusts and other stakeholders. These documents aim to explain what happens next; including information about how to comment on the care your loved one received and what happens if a death will be looked into by a coroner.

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Honoring the voices of bereaved caregivers: a Metasummary of qualitative research

BMC Palliative Care, September 2017

Family caregiving in the context of advanced disease in particular, can be physically and emotionally taxing. Caregivers can subsequently face bereavement exhausted with few supports, limited resources and a significant proportion will develop negative psychological and social outcomes. Although some research has attended to the bereavement experiences of family caregivers who had cared for a person requiring palliative care, a comprehensive qualitative understanding of the impact of caregiving on bereavement has not been articulated. The purpose of this study was to conduct a qualitative metasummary to explore the experiences of bereaved family caregivers of people who received palliative care services, regardless of their underlying disease.

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Suicide Bereavement Support Networks directory

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, 10 December 2014

Susan Quinn in the Adult Mental Health Network has created a list of useful links and contact details for helplines, support groups, networks and resources for service users and families affected by suicide.  This list is for use by LCFT staff so that they can direct service users and their families to external sources of support, help and advice.

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