Current projects

Exploring emotional loneliness in older people living in retirement communities

Exploring emotional loneliness in older people living in retirement communities explores older people’s experiences of emotional loneliness using attachment theory as a critical lens. This project aims, through the gathering of detailed qualitative data, to advance understanding about how older people experience emotional loneliness and attachment and how these experiences change as they move into retirement community living. This data will then be used to develop key messages designed to facilitate improvements in care education, provision, and policy in relation to retirement community living.

The relationship between cremation and grief 1-2 years post death

The relationship between cremation and grief 1-2 years post death investigates how choices about a cremation are formed, how they relate towards the experience of bereavement immediately following a death and the subsequent behavioural, emotional, physical, social and cognitive experiences in the following 1 to 2 years.

Community of Practice

The Community of Practice brings together practitioners, stakeholders, policymakers, academics, and other interested parties to build a community of like-minded individuals to work on priority areas of policy, practice and research related to Death, Dying and Bereavement in the South West of England.

Building Pathways to Grief and Bereavement Support in China, Australia and the Trans-Pacific

In June 2017 CDAS and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) signed a memorandum of understanding at the CDAS International Conference. This Building Pathways project will build on this existing relationship. The initial aim is to strengthen the relationship and build relations with other Institutes in China through face-to-face meetings that facilitate deeper discussions on research collaborations and research projects. Ultimately the team will pursue joint research projects at a transnational, global leadership level.