Bereavement support in the UK: a rapid evidence assessment

Alistair Hewison, Shaz Zafar, Nikolaos Efstathiou

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Bereavement can be a distressing experience and the importance of bereavement support has been recognised in policy and practice for many years. This rapid evidence assessment was undertaken to evaluate the provision and effectiveness of bereavement support in the United Kingdom (UK) and to identify gaps in service provision and areas of need with regard to bereavement services.

The main finding of the review was that the provision of bereavement support is extremely varied and there is no conclusive evidence for its effectiveness. There is widespread recognition of the potentially negative impact of bereavement on people, and a plethora of recommendations focussed on raising awareness and ameliorating these effects have been made. However, the evidence for how best to support people experiencing bereavement is limited and contested.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-78
JournalBereavement Care
Issue number2
Early online date16 Jul 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 16 Jul 2020


  • bereavement
  • bereavement support
  • evidence review
  • services


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