New analysis has discovered that two-thirds (67%) of individuals have skilled social isolation and loneliness following a bereavement through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Early information from analysis by Cardiff College’s Marie Curie Palliative Care Analysis Centre and the College of Bristol sheds gentle on the impression of grief for individuals who have misplaced family members.
It additionally suggests an absence of assist for the bereaved, with virtually half (48%) of survey respondents saying they weren’t supplied with any details about bereavement assist providers.
The impartial UK Fee on Bereavement is asking on individuals throughout the UK to share their experiences of bereavement.
Dr Emily Harrop, from the Cardiff College-based Centre, mentioned: “It’s saddening to be taught that many individuals who’ve skilled a bereavement through the pandemic didn’t obtain the emotional assist they wanted, and lots of extra of these individuals weren’t advised concerning the choices accessible to them.
“It’s important that as a rustic, we be taught classes from the expertise of mass bereavement throughout COVID-19. Well being and social care suppliers should prioritise communication with kinfolk and assist to make sure that individuals can have contact with their dying family members, even within the context of a pandemic. Nonetheless, this may solely occur if assets for workers caring for the dying are additionally prioritised.”
Dr Lucy Selman, from the College of Bristol, mentioned: “With the common variety of deaths within the UK projected to extend over the subsequent 20 years, it’s important that bereavement providers are adequately resourced and measures are put in place to make sure everybody who has skilled a bereavement is signposted to assist choices and data on grief and bereavement providers.”
One bereaved daughter, commenting within the survey, mentioned: “It was a chilly, lonely expertise, no compassion no empathy – so totally different from my dad’s loss of life 5 years earlier in a nursing dwelling. The bereavement workforce known as the next day and it was very business-like. There was no compassion.”
The pre-print publication of the outcomes on the MedRxiv web site coincides with UK Fee on Bereavement’s name for the general public to “share their grief story” from Tuesday. The tales will present the proof to assist form the fee’s suggestions within the type of a report which they’ll undergo key decision-makers, together with the UK Authorities, subsequent 12 months
To share your experiences of bereavement and contribute to the evaluate being carried about by the UK Fee on Bereavement go to: bereavementcommission.org.uk/taking-part
The analysis is funded by the Financial and Social Analysis a part of UK Analysis and Innovation.