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    Principles for Bereavement Care

    • Dignity, sensitivity and discretion are essential in supporting bereaved following a death

    • Spiritual, religious and cultural needs of the deceased and people who have been bereaved must be respected

    • Staff supporting people who have been bereaved should be trained for the task and should work within their competencies

    • Written and verbal information should be carefully prepared and sensitively presented

    • Systems should be developed which facilitate the ongoing support of people who have been bereaved where required, including the opportunity for bereaved relatives or carers to return to meet with a named member of the healthcare team to obtain clarification of any points which cause anxiety.

    • Follow up of people who have been bereaved should include awareness of risk of suicide, post-traumatic stress and prolonged grief

    • Where necessary health boards should work in partnership with external quality assured agencies to provide on-going support

    • A list of resources for bereavement support should be prepared locally and be available to all staff

    • In areas where it is felt appropriate, memorial events, bereavement awareness sessions or other such measures should be considered

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