The results of a project looking at bereavement during a pandemic have been released today. The Covid -19 pandemic has meant that our experience of grief may be different, particularly when our normal rituals are affected or unavailable.
The project, a partnership between leading national bereavement charity, Cruse Bereavement Care, ExtraCare and researchers from the University of Bristol and Aston University, ran between May and September 2020, and involved eight bereavement support volunteers keeping a diary.
The diarists were asked to keep a record of their experiences and how the pandemic had affected their ability to support others experiencing grief. The report pulls together the most powerful themes and presents key learnings and recommendations for better support for people who experience loss in this extraordinary context that has heightened social isolation for many.
Five themes to be highlighted as a result of the project include:
To read the report in full please download it here. The diary project forms part of a wider Bereavement Supporter Project, a five year partnership project between Cruse and The ExtraCare Charitable Trust, funded by the National Lottery Community Fund. The project aims to improve bereavement support for older people, including those with dementia, in ExtraCare retirement villages and housing schemes.