A Bereavement Charter for Adults & Children in Scotland


After eighteen months of development including consultation and engagement with individuals and groups across Scotland, on Wednesday 15th April 2020 Scotland’s first Bereavement Charter for Children and Adults was launched.

This Charter, together with Guidance notes, has been developed by a coalition of individuals and organisations.

It contains 15 statements which describe what the best bereavement care and support should look like. It has been developed to support individuals and communities who struggle with the death of someone they know or someone in their community.

The Charter is designed to help us understand not only the importance of bereavement support, but what that support needs to look like.

Whilst accepting that every death is unique and that the way we each come to terms with a death is individual, this Charter and Guidance attempts to describe what good bereavement support can look like and what difference it can make.

The authors of the Charter hope that it will begin to appear in locations across Scotland and will be used by diverse groups and individuals. It is therefore hoped that the Charter will help us as a nation become more effective at supporting people to grieve.

Organisations that want to show support and endorse the Bereavement Charter can make use of this Charter mark – which is available to download in different sizes below. If you do wish to use this Charter mark, please email [email protected] to enable us to keep track of use.

Additionally, if you require a different format (for instance to incorporate the Mark in professional design or printing), please email [email protected] with your specific requirement.

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Bereavement Charter

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Guidance Notes

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Charter Frequently Asked Questions

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Development of the Charter Video

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Charter & FAQ Translated Versions – 9 languages

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The Charter has been developed by a wide coalition of individuals and organisations including:

Care Inspectorate

Childhood Bereavement Network


Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland

Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief

Healthcare Improvement Scotland

MND Scotland

National Bereavement Alliance

NHS Education for Scotland

NHS Fife

NHS Forth Valley

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Northumbria University

St Columba’s Hospice Care

Scottish Ambulance Service

Scottish Care

Scottish Government

Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care

Sue Ryder

University of Glasgow

University of the West of Scotland