Healthwatch Darlington's Bereavement Report 2019

Find out more about Healthwatch Darlington's research into the provision of bereavement services in Darlington.
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Healthwatch Darlington are aware that there has been a recent change in the way bereavement services have been provided in Darlington. At the end of March 2018 the local branch of Cruse, the national charity that provides bereavement services and which has been providing services in Darlington for a number of years ceased to receive the temporary funding provided via Darlington Clinical Commissioning Group from the Better Care Fund. Cruse subsequently decided to withdraw its services from Darlington. This report looks at the current situation in relation to bereavement services to see if there are gaps in provision.


A summary of our key findings:

  • Our study shows that a service is needed and appreciated by people who are bereaved and although many people manage to cope with the help of social support, some do need additional help.

Next Steps

We shared this report with Darlington Clinical Commissioning Group.

Thank you for sharing the draft Bereavement Services Report with the Clinical Commissioning Group. It's an important topic and the report was interesting and easy to read.
— Darlington Clinical Commissioning Group


Bereavement Report 2019

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