Table 2

Types of support provided, staff roles involved in delivery and recipients of support

Prebereavement
n (%)
Bereavement
n (%)
Types of support provided*n=130n=118
 Written materials: books/leaflets125(96.2)117(99.2)
 Signposting to outside agencies123(94.6)117(99.2)
 One-to-one, face-to-face support115(88.5)109(92.4)
 Signposting to web-based support114(87.7)102(86.4)
 Groups or pair sessions75(57.7)87(73.7)
 One-to-one telephone/internet75(57.7)85(72.0)
 Peer group meetings49(37.7)69(58.5)
 CDs/DVDs23(17.7)30(25.4)
 Other35(26.9)34(28.8)
Staff roles involved in delivery*n=123n=117
 Specialist counsellors90(73.2)94(80.3)
 Nurses84(68.3)65(55.5)
 Social workers81(65.9)66(56.4)
 Chaplains69(56.1)54(46.1)
 Volunteers57(46.3)72(61.5)
 Doctors51(41.5)26(22.2)
 Psychologists/psychiatrists22(17.9)22(18.8)
 Other22(17.9)22(18.8)
Recipients of support*n=119n=115
 Patients individually111(93.3)
 Partners individually111(93.3)112(97.4)
 Patient and partner106(89.1)
 Families together100(84.0)
 Partner and child/children97(81.5)95(82.6)
 Child/children without parent90(75.6)89(77.4)
 Any type of support for children116(97.5)99(86.1)
 No support for children3(2.5)16(13.9)
  • *Base: all hospices that responded to the question.