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CHAPTER 5

COORDINATION OF BEREAVEMENT CARE

Bereavement is a darkness impenetrable to the unbereaved. Iris Murdoch 1919 - 1999

Introduction

1.

This chapter seeks to outline existing work on co-ordination of

bereavement and bereavement care in the UK, consider the findings from a recent survey of health boards examining provision and outline the steps which should be taken to develop coordination both at Board level

and nationally.

2.

Co-ordination was already a key feature of the work undertaken by

Stephen et al (2006) when they explored the provision of practice for bereavement care in Scotland. The box below shows a number of quotes from a range of practitioners and others which are notable in that they highlight a perceived need for co-ordination of services, from a variety of

perspectives.

There is no co-ordinated approach to bereavement nationally Practice Educator

There is a need for co-ordination of activity around bereavement care: the

range and type of information; the range and type of access Researcher

There are odd pockets but there is no co-ordination Independent Bereavement Organisation

There is poor co-ordination between collaboration between agencies is needed

service

providers... more

Funeral Director

A co-ordinated approach to bereavement and bereavement care across statutory and voluntary agencies is definitely needed; different groups doing things but no-one knows exactly what is on offer

Support Worker for Children and Young People, Cancer support centre

Stephen et al. 2006

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