Professional advice

We aim to offer a forum for all those involved in bereavement and end of life care, to come together to talk, share and learn from each other.  We hope you will share your initiatives and projects and provide advice and information to others who could benefit from your knowledge and experience.  We have featured interviews from the bereaved below who are keen to highlight both their positive and negative personal stories, in the hope to help reduce the postcode lottery in bereavement support provision and work towards achieving a gold standard of care across the country.  

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Fiona Murphy MBE Associate Director of Nursing Pennine Acute Trust

Fiona discusses the work of her Swan Model, an initiative she launched in February 2017

Lydia Baker Bereavement Midwife

Lydia talks about why she became a bereavement midwife and the role she takes in her work at Epsom & St. Helier Hospital Trust

Julia Samuel MBE Psychotherapist & Author of ‘Grief Works’

Julia has worked with the bereaved for 28 years and offers her advice to professionals when caring for those who have suffered a significant loss

Tracey Bleakley Chief Executive Hospice UK

Tracey discusses the merger between Hospice UK and the National Council for Palliative Care

Tony Bonser Dying Matters Local Champion

Tony talks about how he became involved with Dying Matters and the need to open up conversations around death and dying

Fiona Murphy MBE

Fiona talks about the importance of explaining information to bereaved relatives in detail

Stories from the bereaved to the professionals

Camilla – bereaved mother

Camilla talks about her experience with health professionals after the death of her 2 year old son

Zoe – bereaved partner

Zoe's partner died of cancer and here she discusses the need to improve communication between health professionals and those caring for the terminally ill

Tony – bereaved father

After losing his son Neil to cancer, Tony talks about how communication between carers and the professionals could be improved