• Ian Stirling Ayrshire Hospice



bereavement, research, service development


The provision of bereavement support services is an essential component of specialist palliative care. However, in the absence of national guidelines and standards, actual services vary significantly from place to place. This article shows the influence of research on the development of a bereavement support service, highlighting key turns in the decision-making process. While the redesign is still in process, the paper illustrates how research informs policy and proce-dure.

Author Biography

Ian Stirling, Ayrshire Hospice

Ian Stirling is the chaplain at The Ayrshire Hospice, Scotland.


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How to Cite

Stirling, I. (2013). The INFLUENCE OF RESEARCH IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF A BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT SERVICE. Health and Social Care Chaplaincy, 13(1), 32–37.

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