Independent staff association for regular, reserve and veteran UK armed forces personnel

Breaking the news to families that their loved ones have died

According to a report by The Guardian (21 Jun 2010), family support groups largely agree that great progress has been made in recent years in the MoD's casualty notification and visiting procedures when armed forces personnel have died in service:

A death in Afghanistan sets in motion a complex chain of events involving scores of people, both military and civilian, designed to inform, explain and honour.

While there is no way of softening the blow of the knock on the door that brings dreaded news, the Ministry of Defence has worked hard to make the process as professional and compassionate as possible.

Family support groups largely agree that great progress has been made from the time a few short years ago when a body was returned to a family with pomp but little obvious emotion. ...

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