Good grief: older people's experience of partner bereavement
- Document type
- Seymour, Catherine; Bushnell, Jeremy; Dobson, Sarah
- Independent Age
- Date of publication
- 26 April 2018
- Older Adults, Social Work, Social Care and Social Services, Mental health services, Health Services
- Social welfare
- Material type
Download (12.1MB )
Death and bereavement are not well recognised within UK society. Where policy does exist, it is disparate and unconnected. Support for bereaved older people is highly localised and depends on the availability and attention of third sector organisations.
Older people’s experiences following the loss of a partner vary hugely. Independent Age set out to learn more about those experiences and understand what can be done to ensure more have positive outcomes.
This report brings together what is already known about older people’s experiences of bereavement with new research centred on older people whose partners have died. It focuses on some of the issues faced by those living with the grief of losing a loved one.
This research also reveals how talking about death, at an individual and a policy level, can start to provide the help that older people need when faced with the most difficult moment of their lives.
More from Social welfare collection
Related to Older Adults
This report presents findings from research commissioned by the Department for Work and Pensions to explore the role and impact of bereavement benefits on different types of recipients. The research
Replacement of existing Bereavement Benefits for new claims from April 2016: Bereavement Benefits for the 21st century (in Great Britain)
This impact assessment concerns reforms to Bereavement Benefit as outlined in the Government consultation, subsequent response, and ad-hoc research. The proposals for the reformed benefit, Bereavement
The importance of bereavement services was highlighted in the ‘End of Life Care Strategy’, which set out recommendations to support delivery of high quality care for all people approaching the end of
The Centre for Policy on Ageing’s selected readings are drawn from material held on the CPA Ageinfo database of ageing and older age. This bibliography on bereavement contains material from 1989-2010.