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Walking along the path together

Grief is a normal reaction to bereavement and many people find that their inner resources, combined with support from family and friends, are sufficient to help them manage their distress and the life changes and adjustments triggered by loss. However, general awareness and understanding of grief is often lacking, which can leave bereaved people feeling lost and misunderstood. Additionally, bereavement is associated with risks to health and wellbeing and can give rise to a wide range of needs.

Services that can help people manage their grief range from the provision of information through health promoting community-based resources to more intensive, specialist help for those whose reactions are complex or prolonged, and affect their ability to manage everyday life.

This document aims to

  • help commissioners prepare tender specifications for area-based bereavement services for expected and unexpected deaths
  • help providers to respond to those tenders.