Department of Social & Policy Sciences

'Why we need to talk about death', Prof Tony Walter

Wed Dec 10 11:36:00 GMT 2014

As a new  Dying Matters Coalition report is released showing that almost half of Britons would feel uncomfortable talking to someone who has been recently bereaved,  Professor Tony Walter, Director of our  Centre for Death & Society, has spoken about the importance of talking about death, dying and grief.

Speaking on Radio 5 Live this moning, Prof Walter talked about how over the past 50 years we have generally moved from a stiff-upper lip attitude to bereavement, to being much more open about our feelings. However, this has meant that many people are unsure how to express these feelings, and find talking to people who have been recently bereaved particularly hard. 

The report coincides with the launch of Dying Matters' 'Being there' campaign, aimed at supporting people with what to say and do after someone has been bereaved, including over the Christmas period, which can be especially difficult for those coping with the loss of a loved one.

Read more about this issue on the Univeristy of Bath's Opinion blog.