Centre for Death & Society

Compassionate Community Networks


Investigators: Tony Walter, Louise Brown, Gordon Taylor

Project Partners:  Weston HospiceCare


Project rationale and aims

Departmental themes

Institute for Policy Research themes

What is the role of social networks in living and caring at the end of life?

Researchers at the University of Bath have been working with Julian Abel at Weston HospiceCare to develop a research project evaluating a compassionate community project in which family carers are mentored to mobilise their natural support networks.

The theory behind this project is outlined in a 2011 paper, 'Compassionate community networks: supporting home dying', see below


  • Louise Brown & Tony Walter (2014) ‘Toward a Social Model of End-of-Life Care’, British Journal of Social Work 44(8): 2375-2390
  • Julian Abel, Tony Walter et al (2013) Circles of care: should community development redefine the practice of palliative care? BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care, 3: 383-388
  • Abel, J., Bowra, J., Walter, T. and Howarth, G., 2011. Compassionate community networks: supporting home dying. BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care, 1 (2), pp. 129-133.
  • Tony Walter, Rachid Hourizi, Wendy Moncur, Stacey Pitsillides) (2011-12) Does the internet change how we die and mourn? An overview. Omega, 64(4), 275-302.
  • Tony Walter (1999) ‘A Death in our Street’ Health and Place, 5: 119-24.


Find out more about this project

Name: Mrs Caron Staley
Title: Institute Manager
Department: Dept of Computer Science
Location: Virgil Building 3.28
E-mail: c.staley@bath.ac.uk
Phone: work+44 (0) 1225 386275