Why is this an Essential Component?
Evidence for Inclusion
Grief is a normal and inevitable response to loss, and can affect every part of a person’s life (ACGB, 2014). Grief and bereavement support encompasses the “entire experience of family members and friends in the anticipation, death, and subsequent adjustment to living following the death of a loved one” (Christ et al, 2003).
To deliver the highest standard of care there is a requirement to ensure that the patient, their caregiver/s and family have access to bereavement care, information and support services.
The Agency for Clinical Innovation commissioned CareSearch (Palliative and Supportive Services, Flinders University) to identify local, national and international tools or resources that can potentially be used to implement each of the ten (10) Essential Components of Care within the Blueprint.
To be included, tools and resources were required to be in English, be applicable to the Australian context and be supported by evidence (such as published validation studies, clinical guidelines representing expert consensus, or advice from expert clinicians who were consulted).
The set of tools and resources provided is not intended to be exhaustive, nor is any one tool specifically recommended. Click here for more information on the methodology adopted by CareSearch in identifying these tools and resources.