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People who are Bereaved

Population Outcome: People who are Bereaved in Suffolk and North East Essex Live Well

Access to high quality support when, and for as long as they need it, is essential for everyone in Suffolk and North East Essex who is bereaved. Culturally competent, compassionate, practical advice and emotional support, available when and for as long as people need it helps people to cope with their bereavement.


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The Story Behind the Outcome

Lived Experience


Covid-19 and bereavement


‘Forever gone’

Local campaigners respond to an independent review of mortality reporting by Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust – Healthwatch Suffolk's response July 12, 2023

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Obtaining death certificates promptly

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Published Evidence

Bereavement Facts and Figures

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Bereavement – impact on carers

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Bereavement – impact of Covid-19

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Further Reading

Further Information

Useful Organisations

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Our Ambition

What we know matters and why

What matters?Why?
I have a good end of life experienceBeing a partner in end of life care as much as I wish, and having support in my own right, means I have positive memories to help me grieve.
I have access to high quality support and careHaving a range of compassionate support now and in the future, that recognises and can help me manage the complexity of my feelings and the impacts of my loss, enables me to grieve.
I have information on supportKnowing the range of bereavement support and the best options for my needs means I can get the right care first time.

Information given in the best format and language for me, on my rights and entitlements, and the support available, means I can access the right financial, practical, social and emotional support.
I am treated as an individualTreating me, my carer and my family with dignity and respect, recognising my culture, characteristics, any physical health conditions and my life circumstances, means my bereavement support is inclusive, sensitive and responsive to my needs.
I am seen and heardLiving and working in a community that understands bereavement and how to respond to me means I feel cared for and supported.

Giving me choice and control over where and when I receive bereavement support enables me to obtain the right help when I need it.

How will things be different in Suffolk and North East Essex

We will co-produce information in a range of formats and languages on the range of bereavement support that people can access when they wish, without time limits.We will co-produce bereavement support for carers that responds to the impacts they may experience from ending of their role.
We will co-produce bereavement support that is culturally competent and recognises the diversity of people’s lives and characteristics.We will respond to people’s cultural needs for end of life rituals and funerals by providing death certificates and access to funeral services promptly.
We will co-produce campaigns to raise awareness of bereavement to encourage people to talk openly and receive a compassionate response.

Case Studies – how we are making progress across Suffolk & North East Essex

Relevant plans and strategies


NHS Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care Board – Joint Forward Plan
Die Well


Ipswich and East Suffolk
Alliance Delivery Plan

North East Essex 
Alliance Delivery Plan

West  Suffolk
Alliance Delivery Plan

Last Updated on 27 February 2024

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