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.
We shared this report with Darlington Clinical Commissioning Group.