Bereavement Project Resources

These resources have been compiled from the hospice-led project which was set up to support hospice bereavement services as they adapted to meet the needs of people during the COVID 19 pandemic. 

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic new ways to deliver national bereavement support are needed for both adults and children, to enable them to cope with bereavement. 

This project was set up to support hospice bereavement services as they adapted to new ways of working moving from face to face to virtual delivery and seeking to extend the reach of their services to the wider community.

Training took the form of facilitated webinars, followed by peer to peer learning through ECHO sessions and additional one to one sessions. The key themes covered by this training were:

  • Grieving and grief support during the Coronavirus pandemic
  • Bringing bereavement support services online
  • Self-care
  • Children and bereavement
  • Introduction to Quality Improvement (QI)

This page brings together resources from this project to share our learning and to help other hospices as they continue to adapt their services.

Grieving and grief support during the Coronavirus pandemic

This webinar took place on 2 December 2020 and was presented by Erin Hope Thompson of The Loss Foundation. This session includes:

  • Covid related death and dying
  • Working with Trauma
  • Running grief groups online including screening/triaging
  • The importance of measurement - how to use data in Bereavement support

Voices of lived experience

Lesley Goodburn gave a presentation of the voices of lived experience and why they are important. This was part of the ECHO session on 16 February 2021.

Bringing bereavement support services online

This webinar took place on 6 January 2021 and was presented by Jan Stiff, Ripples - online counselling and supervision and Catherine Knibbs, Consultant.
This session covered 

  • Governance including a review of the framework being used to ensure quality assurance is robust and sustainable and secure and how to make informed decisions on which platform is best.
  • The pros and cons of working online
  • The unintended consequences of bringing bereavement services online 

Self-care

This webinar took place on 10 February 2021 and was presented by Liz Bryan, Palliative Care Nurse, former Director of Education and Training at St Christopher’s, Counselling/Psychotherapist and End of Life Care Education Consultant.

This session looked at how working from home affected staff the positive and negative sides of resilience and what staff and employers can do to ensure their own wellbeing.

  • Feb 10, 2021
    Self-care - slide set
    Slide set of the presentation given by Liz Bryan on 10 February 2021 as part of the Hospice led support service for people bereaved by Covid-19 programme
  • Feb 10, 2021
    Self-care - video
    Video of the presentation given by Liz Bryan on 10 February 2021 as part of the Hospice led support service for people bereaved by Covid-19 programme
  • Feb 10, 2021
    Self-care presentation references
    References contained in the self-care presentation
  • Feb 10, 2021
    Self-care useful links
    Useful links relating to self-care

Children and bereavement

This webinar took place on 10 March 2021 and was presented by Dr Victoria Montgomery, Chartered Clinical Psychologist with expertise in Pediatric Palliative Care and in trauma. 

In this session Victoria discussed the ways in which children grieve and how they differ from adults. How are Children impacted by the Pandemic and what the signs of PTSD in children look like. How can we understand the needs in specific families and the key principles of Solution Focused Practice .

  • Mar 10, 2021
    Children and bereavement presentation
    Presentation given by Dr Victoria Montgomery on 10 March 2021 as part of the Hospice led support service for people bereaved by Covid-19 programme
  • Mar 10, 2021
    Children and bereavement useful links
    Contains links to websites and other resources relating to children and bereavement you may find useful.
  • Mar 10, 2021
    Children and bereavement video
    Video of the presentation given by Dr Victoria Montgomery on 10 March 2021 as part of the Hospice led support service for people bereaved by Covid-19 programme

Introduction to Quality Improvement

Quality Improvement (QI) is a proven methodology for improving care. The presentations show the benefit of embedding QI into any project. Find out how to use the Model for Improvement, why having a SMART aim helps measure outcomes and how stakeholder engagement is essential to the development, success and sustainability of any change idea.

Additionally find out how using 30-60-90 and Driver Diagrams help with project management. 

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