Experiences of Bereavement and Grief During the Covid-19 Pandemic

The following correspondence relates to death, dying, bereavement and grief.  We understand that this may present difficult reading or act as a trigger for some. Therefore we would like to give you the option not to read further if you feel this the content may be upsetting.

Death, dying and bereavement have, unfortunately, been brought to the forefront of the public mind since the onset of COVID-19. We lack a full understanding of how the pandemic and measures like social distancing have impacted on the way people are dying in Northern Ireland and the support their loved ones need.
At the Patient and Client Council, in conjunction with Marie Curie, we want to meaningfully engage with those who have experienced grief and bereavement during the pandemic.
If you have experienced loss in the recent past, we are truly sorry for this and we recognise the additional pain the COVID-19 pandemic may have brought upon you and your loved ones.
We wish to understand the grief experiences and support needs of people who have been bereaved either due to COVID-19 or another cause of death during the pandemic.  If you would be willing to share your experiences, and stay in a ‘constant conversation’ with us on this topic, please register by completing the form at the bottom of this page. If you require any assistance, please get in touch with Sorcha Forbes, by emailing Sorcha.forbes@pcc-ni.net, or by calling 028 9536 2136.
This ‘constant conversation’ will involve the option of individual or group conversations via Zoom or by phone.  It is about understanding your experience, by whatever means best suits you as an individual.
As an initial stage of this engagement, we have an important survey to share with you on the grief experiences and support needs of people bereaved during the COVID-19 pandemic.  We would encourage you to considering complete this survey whether or not you wish to engage with us directly.
The UK-wide survey is a joint project from Cardiff University, the Economic and Social Research Council, Marie Curie and the University of Bristol.
If you would like to share your views and experiences, please click the following link to complete the survey: https://cardiff.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/the-grief-experiences-and-support-needs-of-people-bereaved-2.
It should take around 20-30 minutes to complete, depending on how much you would like to share. The survey is due to close on 26th December.
It is hoped that your views will help to identify ways to improve end of life care during the pandemic and the support that is available for people who are bereaved. The evidence collated by this survey and our engagement with you will begin to fill that critical evidence gap and help shape the future design and delivery of support services for people bereaved in Northern Ireland.
Thank you for your input.


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