The death of someone close brings huge changes and challenges. For those who were caring for the person before they died, life can change immeasurably.
Carers can be bereaved in many different ways: some will have been caring for someone who was known to be towards the end of their life, while others will have been caring for someone who died suddenly and unexpectedly.
The National Bereavement Alliance (NBA) is working with NHS England to understand more about how support is - and could be - provided to carers before and after they are bereaved. We are looking for examples of good practice in supporting carers before and after bereavement. We want to share these examples widely to inspire local areas to adopt good practice that has worked well elsewhere.
If you work with carers, and have a practice example to share, we would be really pleased to hear about it. In this call for practice, we are looking specifically at pre- and post-bereavement support to help carers manage the impact of death on their life.
That could include any examples of support for former carers when the person they were caring for has died, or to help them prepare for this. If you are not sure whether your practice example fits the call, please email Alison Penny for an initial discussion.
Although support for dying people has major benefits for their carers, in this call for practice we are looking specifically at support aimed directly at carers themselves. This might be practical or emotional support, and it might start before the death. It might be support for young carers, or adult carers, or whole families.
If selected, your example could feature on our website and in national presentations.
The questions that follow ask about the context and rationale for your work; what you offer; the impact and sustainability of your work.
First, please tell us a bit about yourself.