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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. In addition, the stress on funeral organisations as a result of new restrictions and an increase in deaths has been documented has been documented in media reports.

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 research study, NatCen would like to speak with funeral directors and staff who have been involved with arranging funerals and supporting bereaved people during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

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 (.docx) 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 on our website here.

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

Freephone: 0808 164 0397

Email: fdir-AHRC@natcen.ac.uk