Hospice UK responds to new bereavement research from Sue Ryder

Jul 09, 2015

Today Sue Ryder publishes new research which provides a unique insight into the UK’s experiences of bereavement and demonstrates that people may be suffering longer than they need to.

It highlights that those surveyed who had people around them to talk to during bereavement felt better earlier following a loss, whereas those who did not have any support grieved, on average, for an additional eight months, three weeks and five days. 

The charity also launched a new online community and support service which aims to provide advice and support for those dealing with death, dying and bereavement.

Commenting on the research, Dr Ros Taylor MBE, National Director for Hospice Care at Hospice UK, said:

“Sue Ryder’s new research reveals some fascinating findings about the long-term impact of bereavement and how for many people sharing their feelings can significantly reduce their grieving period.

“Hospice staff are at the coalface of dealing with dying and loss and are skilled in supporting families who have lost their loved ones. We know that many people often struggle to get the right support after bereavement and some hospices are tackling this by opening up their bereavement services to their local communities.

“Sue Ryder’s new online community support service is an excellent way of bringing bereaved people together, so they do not feel isolated and can more easily get the peer support, advice and information they need.”

 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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