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Adult bereavement in five English hospices : types of support.

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>21/09/2006
<mark>Journal</mark>International Journal of Palliative Nursing
Issue number9
Volume12
Number of pages8
Pages (from-to)430-437
StatePublished
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Method: In-depth organisational case studies of five English hospices. Analysis: Thematic analysis of qualitative interviews and focus groups and scrutiny of documentary material provided by the hospice bereavement services. Findings: All of the hospices ran events where bereaved people met with other bereaved people who had been in contact with the hospice. They all offered some form of more intensive one-to-one support, spiritual support, and ran remembrance events. Three types of one-to-one support were offered: l Counselling l Befriending l Support from paid bereavement staff. Ongoing telephone support from trained bereavement volunteers appeared to be an acceptable and cost-effective way of providing low intensity bereavement support. Running social bereavement support groups is difficult and resource intensive. ‘Drop-in’ events appear to perform a useful role for both bereaved people and bereavement services. There seemed to be no readily available sources of support for people with particularly complex bereavement problems. Conclusions: All of the hospices were offering appropriate types of bereavement support that clearly met Components 1 and 2 of bereavement support in the NICE guidance. In the absence of any agreement about ‘best practice’ for adult bereavement support services it is the integration of bereavement support as a central aspect of hospice activity that is most likely to improve bereavement support for adults in the future.