Calls for research participants

Cruse supports research aimed at developing our understanding of grief and loss and what can help bereaved people.

One of our current research projects is The impact of bereavement on parent-child relationships.
If you have experienced the death of a parent or spouse, you are invited to take an online survey that explores how the parent-child relationship is impacted by family loss. This study is hoping to understand more about how grief and loss effect relationships within the family, and what types of communication can promote better coping and connection for bereaved families.

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Funeral Poverty

As part of our commitment to campaigning on behalf of bereaved people, one of the areas that Cruse Bereavement Care is currently campaigning on is Funeral Poverty.

In 2014 the cost of dying rose seven times faster than the cost of living. The average cost of a basic funeral in the UK in 2014 was £3,702 an increase of 3.9% on the previous year. The price of funerals has risen above inflation for the past 35 years. Alongside this, financial support from the state has been eroded. In 2014-15 only 63% of those applying for a funeral payment were successful. The average award made was only 37% of the price of a basic funeral. This means more and more people are finding they cannot afford a funeral when someone dies and are being forced into debt. Cruse wants all bereaved people to be able to access a dignified funeral for someone close.

Cruse is part of the Funeral Poverty Alliance and we are looking for anyone that may have been affected by funeral poverty (i.e they have got into debt over paying for a funeral) that would be happy to speak about their experience. If you or anyone you know may be interested in taking part in this survey, please contact Cruse on the following email address:


Big Lottery Funding for Cruse Bereavement Care

Cruse Bereavement Care is delighted to have been awarded £699,000 from the Big Lottery Fund for a five year Bereavement Champion Project to improve bereavement support for older people, including those with dementia, in sheltered housing.

The project will be delivered in partnership with The ExtraCare Charitable Trust, a registered charity which operates 31 retirement villages and housing schemes and supports 4,400 older people including those living with dementia.

Anne Townsend, Deputy Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted that with this funding we will be able to extend the services we are able to provide to older people more generally as well as specifically to those with dementia in sheltered housing.  Over the last few years concerns about the needs of people with dementia and how to support them has been raised and this project will allow Cruse with its partnership with ExtraCare to extend its work with this vulnerable group of people.”

The Bereavement Champion project will support the Charity’s residents by:
• Raising awareness of how bereavement affects older people’s mental and physical health
• Improving access to support for bereaved older people in sheltered and retirement accommodation
• Encouraging self-help and peer support in order to reduce loneliness and social isolation
• Contributing to safeguarding and promotion of long term mental and physical health.

Shirley Hall, Well-being and Community Manager for The ExtraCare Charitable Trust, said:  “We understand how grief and loss can present barriers to older people living a healthy and active life, and we are certain that being able to offer additional assistance at such a difficult time will make a positive difference to many of our residents’ lives. We also welcome the opportunity to work with Cruse specifically around the experience of grief for people living with dementia and continue our previously recognised work in this area.”

Joe Ferns, Big Lottery Fund UK Knowledge and Portfolio Director, said:

“We’re pleased to support Cruse to raise awareness of an issue not often spoken about – how bereavement affects people in later life. This important project will help older people, particularly those living with dementia, access the help they need and build new support networks to better cope with loss and loneliness.”
The Bereavement Champion Project will initially start at Pannel Croft Village in Newtown, Birmingham which provides 180 affordable homes, care and well-being services and a community lifestyle for local older people.

Cruse Bereavement Care Celebrates £2,500 Gift from The Patron’s Fund

Cruse Bereavement Care is celebrating after receiving a £2,500 gift from The Patron’s Fund, the charitable fund set up to acknowledge the work of the charitable organisations for which Her Majesty, The Queen acts as a Patron, on the occasion of her 90th birthday.

Hope Again – Young people coping with bereavement and living after loss. A website from Cruse Bereavement.

A member of our Hope Again team has written an insightful review of the film “A Monster Calls” . Click the link below to read the review – a great film dealing with bereavement, young people and their emotions about grief.