Let’s Talk Bereavement

Let’s Talk Bereavement

About the project:

Let’s Talk Bereavement is a new, collaborative project involving the NHS and the third sector, funded through NHS Charities Together. 

Launched in May 2022, the project aims to enable people to gain access to the bereavement support they need. 
Importance of bereavement support

Access to good bereavement support can be important to help people stay well, and avoid developing other wellbeing and physical issues. It may be especially helpful to those already disadvantaged by life issues.

The project will deliver free training for staff and volunteers working in organisations and community groups. It’s open to those in all sectors.

Training aims
The first wave of training aims to increase understanding of grief and provide tools/resources to enable people to have confidence to talk about death and effectively support the bereaved. Half-day specialised skills training will also be available later in 2022.
Project update - October 2022
We are pleased to report that the Let’s Talk Bereavement project, involving the NHS and the third sector, funded through NHS Charities Together is helping make a difference to those working or volunteering in all sectors of north Cumbria and beyond. The project launched in Dying Matters Awareness Week (2nd – 6th May 2022) and over 260 people from over 60 organisations have accessed the free Core Bereavement Skills training since then.

The Core Bereavement skills training helps to increase your confidence to have conversations about death and bereavement. You will develop your understanding of grief, gain skills and tools to talk to the bereaved and be able to signpost to appropriate support.

100% of those attending have said that they would recommend the training to others. Once you have attended the core skills session, you will also be able to access free targeted training to increase your knowledge and skills about supporting bereaved children and young people and those bereaved by suicide. 

See the link below to book your place...
Supporting those bereaved through pregnancy or baby loss
If you would like to develop your skills to better support those who have been bereaved through pregnancy or baby loss, free training is available from:

Miscarriage Association – Free interactive online training for health professionals to support you in providing the best care you can to women experiencing pregnancy loss. Click here to access...

eLearning for Healthcare – NHS National Bereavement Care Pathway training programme. These sessions have been designed to provide support when talking to those bereaved through pregnancy or baby loss. It offers suggestions and guidance about what to say and do. It is suitable for anyone who might come into contact, in their work or home life, with a person bereaved through pregnancy loss or baby death. Click here to access...

Access FREE Let's Talk Bereavement training via our
training & events page:

Additional information on bereavement support can be found at:

If you are interested in this project, or require any further information, please contact Karen Dutton
(Let’s Talk Bereavement Project Lead) via email: [email protected]


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