Curtailments, postponements, and omissions: the effects of the pandemic on funerals and associated events

Abi Pattenden reflects on the shifting reasons and possibilities for ‘doing something later’

In the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, there was significant uncertainty around the extent to which funerals would be able to continue at all. Pandemic planning had mostly focused on practicalities of body disposal rather than…

Published by Health Services Research Unit, University of Aberdeen

Grief and Pandemics: Learning our Lessons?

Jennie Riley reflects on the differences and similarities between the Spanish Flu and Coronavirus. While both pandemics saw significant restrictions on everyday life, and on death, it is harder to compare the ways in which people experienced grief – particularly when family losses are set against a broader backdrop of…

Published by Health Services Research Unit, University of Aberdeen

Articulating Oneself in Grief

Ed Thornton considers what happens to our sense of self when we talk about our grief with others.

As part of this project, we will be interviewing bereaved friends and family members about their experiences of funeral care during the pandemic. In the context of this work, it is useful…

Published by Health Services Research Unit, University of Aberdeen

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