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23 Apr 2020

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New resource to support social service workers to have conversations about death and dying

We know that social service workers are experiencing an incredibly difficult time during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Staff are on the frontline in providing support to people who have palliative and end of life care needs, as well as to their families and carers, so we’ve produced a new resource to support them.

Support with death dying and bereavement during COVID-19 aims to help you feel confident about having good conversations about death and dying, discussing what is important to people and compassionately connecting with others.

Welcoming the new resource, SSSC Director of Development and Innovation, Phillip Gillespie said: ‘Many of us find it difficult to talk about death or dying and we know at this difficult time, the social service workforce is dealing with high levels of trauma and the psychological impact of COVID–19.

‘This resource will help equip social service workers to have these conversations to support the people they provide care for, their colleagues and themselves.’  

The resource is derived from the SSSC and NHS Education for Scotland (NES) palliative and end of life care (PEOLC) resources and accompanying guidance toolkit.

Find more information about how we're supporting the sector on our COVID-19 page. 

Contact information

Dawn Morrison
Scottish Social Services Council