HOSPITALS in Wirral could hold annual remembrance services for those whose relatives and friends have died while undergoing treatment.
Wirral Hospital Trust is starting a pioneering scheme so staff can offer greater support to the bereaved.
The hospital is now to hold a series of drop-in sessions for people to talk about how this difficult time can be better handled by the NHS.
Hospital staff will be asking people how they would want to be told about the death of a relative or friend, if they think there should be special areas where bad news is broken, or would find comfort in a memorial service.
Elaine Scott, clinical governance co-ordinator, said:
"When death is inevitable we try to ensure the patient's final days are peaceful and dignified. We also aim to give relatives and friends the best possible support.."
As a result the Trust says it wants to ensure all staff are able to support the bereaved relatives and those of dying patients in the best way possible.
Ms Scott added: "We want to know what those who have experienced bereavement think."
The sessions are taking place at the Regency Suite in Grosvenor Street, Wallasey, on Tuesday November 23, Bebington Civic Centre, Civic Way, Bebington, on Wednesday November 24, and the Williamson Art Gallery, Slatey Road, Birkenhead, on Friday November 26.