Talking about “the dark stuff”: opening up about bereavement in extra care housing

Caity Roleston, Aston University, Birmingham

With death and bereavement now concentrated towards the end of the life course, older people are disproportionately affected by grief. 

Yet, older people are less likely to seek, and be referred to, bereavement support services than younger people. It is perhaps unsurprising then, that older people are at increased risk of complicated grief, psychological distress, social isolation, and mortality following a bereavement.   

Published by Residential Forum

The Residential Forum is to promote the achievement of high standards of care and support for children and adults living in residential care and nursing homes, supported housing, residential schools and colleges, hospices and hostels. It contributes to improving the quality of service to the public. Members of the Forum are people of standing and experience drawn from the public, private and voluntary sectors, as well as some who can speak for service users and carers.

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