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Providing care throughout end of life, into bereavement and beyond

The Swan model of care offers comprehensive support at every stage, writes Fiona Murphy 
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The Swan model of care offers comprehensive support at every stage, writes Fiona Murphy

In most NHS organisations, end of life support is offered to patients, their families and significant others of those expected to die. But offering bereavement support to families of patients who die suddenly or unexpectedly is a challenge, one that many care settings do not meet.

This is why the Swan model of end of life and bereavement care was created. Instigated at the point of recognition of dying, the model (see box below) is used to support care throughout end of life, into bereavement and beyond.

Launched at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust in 2012 when

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