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Northern Ireland End of Life Care in Hospital: Experience Survey

Belfast Trust is participating in a regional Experience Survey which aims to gather the thoughts of family members and those close to the deceased person, about the care provided to them during their final admission to hospital.

If you have lost someone close to you in hospital, between 1st May and 31st August 2021, you may be contacted by a member of the Belfast Trust’s Bereavement Team, by telephone, and asked if you would like to participate in the Experience Survey.

If you decide to take part, you will be sent a copy of the Experience Survey by post to complete and return to the Public Health Agency.

You will also receive a web link should you prefer to complete the Survey online.

The Public Health Agency will analyse the responses and share their feedback with us. Please be assured that the information you provide in the Experience Survey will remain confidential and anonymous.

Your responses are highly valued, particularly as we emerge from the coronavirus pandemic. They will help to ensure the best possible care can be delivered to people at the end of life and to those close to them.


What the service does

The period following the death of a relative or friend can be difficult and painful. We want to support families through this time. We offer help and advice to assist with the immediate and long-term effects of grief. We also offer some practical help.

A number of booklets have been developed to support you following a personal bereavement.

Bereavement support booklets

Dealing with sudden death in adulthood
Dealing with sudden death: helping children and adolescents
Dealing with sudden death: common grief reactions
Dealing with sudden death: information for young people
Dealing with traumatic bereavement
When someone close to you dies: practical information, guidance and support
When someone close to you dies: a guide for talking with and supporting children

Children’s services bereavement booklets

A guide for parents following the death of a child: grief and bereavement
A guide for parents following the death of a child: practical information
In loving memory of a special child
Book of remembrance and remembrance service

Booklets in other languages

When someone close to you dies: practical information, guidance and support – Arabic
When someone close to you dies: practical information, guidance and support – Hungarian
When someone close to you dies: practical information, guidance and support – Lithuanian
When someone close to you dies: practical information, guidance and support – Mandarin
When someone close to you dies: practical information, guidance and support – Polish
When someone close to you dies: practical information, guidance and support – Portuguese
When someone close to you dies: practical information, guidance and support – Romanian
When someone close to you dies: practical information, guidance and support – Slovak
When someone close to you dies: practical information, guidance and support – Somali

When someone close to you dies: a guide for talking with and supporting children – Arabic
When someone close to you dies: a guide for talking with and supporting children – Cantonese
When someone close to you dies: a guide for talking with and supporting children – Hungarian
When someone close to you dies: a guide for talking with and supporting children – Lithuanian
When someone close to you dies: a guide for talking with and supporting children – Mandarin
When someone close to you dies: a guide for talking with and supporting children – Polish
When someone close to you dies: a guide for talking with and supporting children – Portuguese
When someone close to you dies: a guide for talking with and supporting children – Romanian
When someone close to you dies: a guide for talking with and supporting children – Slovakian
When someone close to you dies: a guide for talking with and supporting children – Somalian

Who provides the service

Our Assistant Bereavement Coordinator works with staff throughout the Trust to promote quality end of life and bereavement care. If you would like to share information that would help with this, please contact Angela Small on:

  • Mobile: 07385 387330
  • Email: angela.small@belfasttrust.hscni.net

Remembrance services

Remembrance services are held each year for the parents of children and babies who have died in the Children’s Hospital and our maternity facilities.

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