Recently completed projects

Death, Dying and Devolution

The aim of the Death, Dying and Devolution project was to raise the profile of death, dying and bereavement as a significant policy issue and make cases for change in the policy areas affected.

Supporting Bereaved University Students

Bereavement is acknowledged to be highly stressful, with mental, emotional, physical, social, practical and financial impacts. It is therefore widely accepted that bereaved people need time and support to recover yet we know little about support for bereaved students in the UK who typically live away from home, while being in-between full adulthood and adolescence. The Supporting Bereaved University Students investigated this.

Bereavement through substance misuse

People bereaved by substance use have been neglected by research, policy and practice and are therefore at risk. The Bereavement through substance misuse research aimed to understand their experiences and work with services to develop better responses – whether by the police, coroner’s courts, funeral services or bereavement and substance use agencies.

Dying well with reduced capacity

The Dying well with reduced capacity project explored how people experience the End of Life process, how this is influenced by the place of care, and implications for medical, ethical and legal principles and policy. The research focused on the expanding group of people who face the end of life with ‘reduced agency’, including people with dementia, chronic disorders of consciousness, neurodegenerative diseases, and those whose agency is reduced through the physical and mental co-morbidities and social settings experienced by those in late old age.

Encountering Corpses

The Encountering Corpses seminar series sought to develop theoretical perspectives and draw out the policy and practitioner implications for managing and regulating dealing with the dead.

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