Bereavement support

When someone is dying or has died, it can be a very difficult and confusing time. The Care at End of Life project team has developed a range of resources to provide support and direction for people who are bereaved.

Bereavement resources

The bereavement resources provide useful information about preparing for the end of life of an adult family member or friend; what to do after someone dies; grief and loss; caring for self and others; a checklist of suggested tasks; and a comprehensive list of support services.

For information on printing these resources, please review the printing guide.

Compassionate care door signs

Compassion shown by hospital staff can have an enormous impact on a patient’s experience of care. One way to show compassion is with use of the compassionate care door sign.

The sign is placed on the hospital room door of a person who is imminently dying. It discreetly signifies to hospital staff that the person is dying, ensuring only essential staff enter the room and are sensitive to the needs of the person and their family. This helps to maintain a private and respectful environment.

Related resources

These resources have been researched and developed in consultation and partnership with an extensive multidisciplinary group of clinicians, consumers and content experts from across Queensland; the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Capability Team and their statewide network; Health Consumers Queensland; the Refugee Health Network of Queensland; Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland Diversicare; and Scope Australia’s Communication and Inclusion Resource Centre.

Last updated: 26 July 2022