Commenting on the report entitled Life after Death: six steps to improve bereavement support launched today by the National Council for Palliative Care and Dying Matters, in partnership with the National Bereavement Alliance, Heather Richardson, National Clinical Lead at Help the Hospices, said:
“Sadly, too many bereaved people are not able to access the vital emotional and practical support they need and this urgently needs to change, particularly given the projected increase in annual deaths in England.
“Hospices have longstanding expertise in successfully providing tailored support for bereaved people in a variety of different ways, including through one-to-one counselling and support groups. They are well placed to share their knowledge with other organisations on how to support bereaved people sensitively through one of the most difficult periods of their lives.
“Also, as hospices have strong links with local people in their areas, especially through volunteering and fundraising, they have a key role to play in breaking down wider cultural barriers around death and dying to help create more compassionate communities.”