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Life Care (SGHD 2008), drew attention to the need for the development of bereavement services: NHS Boards will require to carry out assessments of their current services and of patient/carer needs in order to develop appropriate delivery plans. This will include ….. consideration of areas such as provision of respite care and bereavement services.” [Paragraph 44]

22. In contrasting two concepts of palliative care, the old and the new, the authors of Living and Dying Well offered the diagram below, which, as well as illustrating the change in thinking about supportive and palliative care, represents the emergence of bereavement care as a feature of care, with a relevance both before and following the death of the patient. It is from this triangular block of bereavement care (outlined in red in Figure 1.2 below) that the present document draws its title, Shaping Bereavement Care.

Figure 1.2 from Living and Dying Well (2008)

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Given the inevitability of death, the numbers of people who die in

Scotland each year, and the number of people who experience grief, it is perhaps surprising that death appears to retain a shadow around it which discourages conversation or debate: there appears to be an increasing taboo where, although people will avidly read in the press accounts of the

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