In the 11 years the conference has been running there have been some significant improvements in bereavement services across the UK, much of which can be attributed to the passion and determination of those who attend the conference.  However, there is still much work to do.  The establishment of the National Bereavement Care Pathway in 2017 was an important step forward for bereavement care in England and implementing the pathway is now recognised as a priority by bereavement staff, charities and professional bodies alike. Therefore, it has been decided that the Transforming Loss conference will be removed from the English calendar in 2020 so that time and resources can be redirected into supporting health staff and embedding the National Bereavement Care Pathway

COVID-19 is having impact on the networking and support opportunities available to health care professionals, however, we continue to work to support those working with bereaved families. Currently we are working to develop further resources to support practice. Please follow Sands, Bliss and RCM on social media for further announcements.  If you would like to join the mailing list or if you have any ideas for remote, learning and networking please email

For details on the National Bereavement Care Pathway, please visit

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Sands is available to support all health care professionals so if you need emotional support our helpline and online community are here for you.


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