Recognising one another’s contribution to our vision, Alliance members collaborate strategically to provide a collective voice representing the needs of bereaved people and those supporting them.
Our objectives are to
- Influence Government, other local and national bodies and the general public in the interests of people who have been bereaved
- Identify and bridge the gaps in support, working towards seamless support
- Exchange information and good practice at a local and national level
- Promote standards for the workforce to improve the quality of services
- Gather and disseminate evidence of the impact of bereavement and bereavement support to enhance practice and services provided
- Provide and enhance our own services through stronger links with other organisations supporting bereaved people.
The Alliance is not an accrediting body and does not take responsibility for the quality or delivery of members’ services, but subscribes to the Bereavement Care Service Standards 2013 as a benchmark against which to evaluate services.
We hope to collaborate with colleagues in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales on matters affecting bereaved people and those working with them.
The National Bereavement Alliance grew out of an advisory group formed by the Department of Health in 2009, to advise on bereavement care within the End of Life Care Strategy. After several years, that advisory group had fulfilled its role but there was an appetite from the organisations around the table to continue meeting, and to invite others to collaborate with them to provide an integrated voice for bereavement services.
Since 2012, the National Bereavement Alliance has provided the opportunity for bereavement organisations to meet to discuss policy and practice issues affecting bereaved people. In 2013, the Alliance consulted widely on how bereavement care could be improved, and in 2014 we published Life after Death, setting out six steps towards better support. This has formed the basis of our policy work since then.
In 2016 we were fortunate to gain funding to establish the Alliance on a more secure footing.