Almost everyone, during their lifetime, will experience the death of someone close or someone known to them. Death can happen at any time of life. Sometimes it is expected, because of illness or ageing, sometimes it happens suddenly without warning. If someone dies after a life-threatening or life-limiting illness bereavement care may have begun prior to death, as the person and their family are helped to prepare for separation and loss. When death comes suddenly and unexpectedly bereavement care only begins after death occurs, and extra support may be needed to help loved ones manage their feelings of shock and grief.
If you have come to this page as a bereaved person we would like to offer you our sympathy, we trust that the Resources available will be helpful to you. We have also provided information on Bereavement Support Organisations.