New Bereavement Care Service Standards launched

New Bereavement Care Service Standards were launched on Monday 20 January at a meeting of the National Bereavement Alliance.

Cruse Chief Executive Debbie Kerslake said: “We are delighted to announce the launch of the standards which have been developed as part of the Gold Standard project of the Bereavement Services Association (BSA) and Cruse Bereavement Care. We believe they will be a vital tool for all those dealing with bereaved people across all sectors. They set out what needs to be addressed in order for services to be both safe and effective in meeting the needs of bereaved people. The standards will also be an essential tool for commissioning high quality bereavement services."

The Gold Standard project of the BSA and Cruse was funded by the Department of Health. Introducing the report, John Rouse, Director General for Social Care, Local Government and Care Partnerships said: “I believe they are an important milestone towards ensuring that people who are grieving are able to access high quality, expert support when they need it. In particular, I hope that by embedding expertise on issues of death, dying and bereavement, these Standards will make it easier for professionals, patients and family members across the country to have the necessary conversations to aid proper end of life care planning.”

Download a copy of the Bereavement Care Service Standards.