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Resources for Scotland’s nurses to deal with death

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Nurses and other clinicians in Scotland are being provided with innovative new resources to help them deal with death and bereavement.

A series of animations, a new website, information posters and links to a host of other resources have been developed by NHS Education for Scotland.

They include animations supporting staff to discuss dying, talking to children who are bereaved and understanding the processes following a sudden or unexplained death.

In addition, a video helping professionals care for bereaved children was voiced by child actors and scripted by Edinburgh charity Richmond’s Hope.

Dr Clare Tucker, who led the development of the resources, noted that caring for the dying, and supporting families through anticipatory grief and bereavement was “core business” for clinical teams.

“But healthcare staff need support and advice as well in order to deliver the best care possible for those going through some of the worst moments in their lives,” she said.

Caroline Lamb, chief executive of NHS Education for Scotland, said: “While some specialists may deal with death and bereavement almost on a daily basis, many professionals will encounter bereavement situations very rarely in their careers, particularly unexpected deaths.

“This can lead to anxiety and stress, not being able to find the right words to say or even knowing where to turn to for support,” she said.

“These bite sized animations and additional support will reduce the fear of the unknown and lead to greater and better support for Scotland’s NHS workforce and those they are caring for,” she added.

To view the animations and access the resources please go to

NHS Education for Scotland is a national special health board working to provide education, training and workforce development for those who work in and with NHS Scotland.

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  • I liked this video. When my mother was dying the nurse in charge (in Greater Manchester) implied I should make the long journey to visit which would have entailed putting off surgery for myself but when I asked if my mother was dying she said "I cannot use that word." !

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