Hospice UK comments on new research showing Britons uncomfortable discussing bereavement

Dec 10, 2014

The Dying Matters Coalition today publishes new research showing that almost half of Britons would feel uncomfortable talking to someone who has recently been bereaved. It also highlights that significant numbers of bereaved people have experienced negative reactions to their grief, including people avoiding them and the loss of friendships. 

Responding to this, Dr Ros Taylor, National Director for Hospice Care at the charity Hospice UK, said: 

 “It is tragic that talking about bereavement still appears to be such a no go area for so many people in the UK, and that we are not at ease with loss, even though it is a universal human experience. Those who have lost loved ones are often not able to talk openly about their feelings and as this new research highlights, may even experience a negative reaction when they try to talk. Yet we have learnt that people benefit hugely from sharing their story and connecting with others during times of loss. 

“Hospices have longstanding expertise in providing emotional support to dying people’s families both before and after bereavement and they also help raise public awareness about dealing with dying and death in their local communities. At this time of year many hospices hold events such as Light Up a Life to enable people to come together and take time to reflect on and celebrate the lives of those dear to them. 

“Hospice UK supports this new campaign by the Dying Matters Coalition and hopes it will help more people to overcome their awkwardness and become more at ease in knowing what to say and do to better support bereaved people.“ 

Notes to Editor

  • Hospice UK is the national charity for hospice care and the only membership body for organisations providing hospice care. We support and champion the work of more than 200 of these organisations across the UK.
  • Hospices, and other organisations which provide hospice care, offer vital care for people with terminal or life-limiting conditions and also support their families and carers.
  • For further information about hospice care follow us on Twitter @hospiceukPA.
  • Get all the latest news from the hospice and palliative care sector, as well as patient stories, on ehospice UK at: www.ehospice.com/uk This service is managed by Hospice UK. You can also follow ehospice news on Twitter at @ehospicenews.

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