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Impact of COVID-19 on bereavement and grief

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on people who have been bereaved during the past year. This could be due to restrictions that prevented them from being with their loved ones when they passed away, or because of regulations on the conduct of funerals and the numbers of people permitted to attend. Restrictions on social gatherings have also affected people’s ability to be together with family and friends to celebrate the person’s life, to grieve, and to say farewell.

This research is funded by UKRI Arts and Humanities Research Council, and it will explore how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected people’s usual customs and practices surrounding bereavement and funerals, and the impact this may have had on mental health and wellbeing.

As part of the study, NatCen would like to speak with people who have been bereaved during the pandemic and who have lost a close family member, partner or close friend.

The interviews will take place over the phone or using Microsoft Teams, will last up to 90 minutes, and can be arranged at a time and date convenient for you. You will also be invited to take part in a follow up interview 6 months later. You will be given a £15 shopping voucher for each interview you decide to participate in.

What you discuss with our researchers is completely confidential. We will not tell anyone outside our research team at NatCen that you have taken part.

Please read the information sheet for more information on the study. If you would like to know more about how the details you provide will be processed, please see the privacy notice.

To take part to the study or to require further information, please contact the project team at: