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.
The Charter has been developed by a wide coalition of individuals and organisations including:
Childhood Bereavement Network
Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland
Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief
Healthcare Improvement Scotland
National Bereavement Alliance
NHS Education for Scotland
NHS Forth Valley
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
St Columba’s Hospice Care
Scottish Ambulance Service
Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care
University of Glasgow
University of the West of Scotland