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CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION:

In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes. Benjamin Franklin 1706 - 1790

There is a range of evidence (Stephen et al 2006) that the way those who have been bereaved experience the events around the time of death will influence the trajectory of their grief journey. Where health services get it right, showing empathy and providing good quality care, bereaved people are supported to accept the death, and to move into the grieving process as a natural progression. Conversely if the health services get it wrong, then bereaved people may experience additional distress, and that distress will interfere with their successful transition through the grieving process, with implications for them, those around them and for the social economy of the nation.

1.

This Framework is addressed to health boards in Scotland to guide

them in the development of good quality bereavement care in their area. The Framework may also inform the development of similar quality bereavement care in other areas of practice such as social work and

education.

2.

While the situation in each Board area will differ with respect to the

numbers of deaths, and the contexts in which people die, and while there are significant geographical and cultural differences across Scotland in the approach to death and dying, the Framework seeks to introduce certain

basic requirements the development implemented.

for of

all Boards and bereavement

to outline parameters within which

care

should

be

planned

and

3.

The term “Bereavement” is frequently used in the health and social

care to refer to any matter relating to the death of a patient or client. For the purposes of this document, the following terms are used with the

specific meanings noted (Stroebe et al 2008)

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