People who are Bereaved
Population Outcome: People who are Bereaved in Suffolk and North East Essex Live Well
Access to high quality support when, and for as long as they need it, is essential for everyone in Suffolk and North East Essex who is bereaved. Culturally competent, compassionate, practical advice and emotional support, available when and for as long as people need it helps people to cope with their bereavement.
The Story Behind the Outcome
Covid-19 and bereavement
Obtaining death certificates promptly
Bereavement Facts and Figures
Nearly a quarter of working age adults knew someone who has died over the last year
The UK Commission on Bereavement found that across England and Wales, 614,000 people died during 2020 and 2021, leaving an estimated three million people facing bereavement. This is 75,000 more deaths than the average across the previous five years – with an estimated additional 375,000 left bereaved.
Bereavement can have longer term consequences for a person’s mental and physical health.
It costs the UK economy an estimated £23bn a year in lost Gross Value Added (GVA) and costs the UK Treasury an estimated £8bn in reduced tax revenues, increased healthcare costs and income support payments
A parent of children under 18 dies every 22 minutes in the UK; around 23,600 a year. This equates to around 111 children being bereaved of a parent every day.
1 in 29 5-16 year olds has been bereaved of a parent or sibling – that’s a child in every average class.
In 2017 in the UK*:
- 5821 people died by suicide
- 3200 babies were stillborn – that’s around 9 babies every day
- 6,608 babies and children under 5 died – that’s more than 18 every day
- 869 school aged children (5-16 year-olds) died
- 7653 babies, children and young people (under the age of 18) died – that’s 21 every day
Bereavement – impact on carers
- Many will have been caring for many years. Some will have given up work to care for a parent or partner and others will have been caring for an adult son or daughter for most of their adult life.
- The period when the caring role comes to an end because of the death of the person they care for is a particularly vulnerable time for the carer, who has to deal with both bereavement and the loss of a key role in their life. Carers report feeling a ‘void’ after the death that is linked, of course, to the bereavement but also quite clearly to the loss of their caring role.
It takes time, effort and often external support to help rebuild a different life after caring.
- Often much of the contact that the carer has had with others has been related to their caring role (for example social care staff, medical appointments and paid Carer Support Workers) and so the former
carer can easily become very isolated and struggle to re-engage socially.
- There is often a limited time post-bereavement when carers can access carers services
and the full emotional effect of the loss can take some time to emerge.
Bereavement – impact of Covid-19
The UK Commission on Bereavement’s 2022 summary report makes 8 key recommendations:
1. I am supported by my family, my friends and the communities around me
2.I am sensitively supported by my school, college or workplace during my
3.I am well supported during the death, and feel confident that the person who
died received appropriate and compassionate care
4.The things I must do after a death are simple and straightforward
5.I am compassionately and helpfully supported by those whose job brings them
into contact with me through my bereavement
6.I have access to an affordable and meaningful funeral
7.I feel secure in my home and have the right financial support
8.I can easily find and access the right emotional bereavement support for
References & Further Reading
Cruse Bereavement Care help people through one of the most painful times in life – with bereavement support, information and campaigning.
St Helena Hospice – offer bereavement support to all those who have been bereaved in north and mid Essex, regardless of the cause of death or when or where the individual has died.
At A Loss – Helping bereaved people find support and wellbeing
What we know matters and why
|I have a good end of life experience||Being a partner in end of life care as much as I wish, and having support in my own right, means I have positive memories to help me grieve.|
|I have access to high quality support and care||Having a range of compassionate support now and in the future, that recognises and can help me manage the complexity of my feelings and the impacts of my loss, enables me to grieve.|
|I have information on support||Knowing the range of bereavement support and the best options for my needs means I can get the right care first time.|
Information given in the best format and language for me, on my rights and entitlements, and the support available, means I can access the right financial, practical, social and emotional support.
|I am treated as an individual||Treating me, my carer and my family with dignity and respect, recognising my culture, characteristics, any physical health conditions and my life circumstances, means my bereavement support is inclusive, sensitive and responsive to my needs.|
|I am seen and heard||Living and working in a community that understands bereavement and how to respond to me means I feel cared for and supported.|
Giving me choice and control over where and when I receive bereavement support enables me to obtain the right help when I need it.
How will things be different in Suffolk and North East Essex
|We will co-produce information in a range of formats and languages on the range of bereavement support that people can access when they wish, without time limits.||We will co-produce bereavement support for carers that responds to the impacts they may experience from ending of their role.|
|We will co-produce bereavement support that is culturally competent and recognises the diversity of people’s lives and characteristics.||We will respond to people’s cultural needs for end of life rituals and funerals by providing death certificates and access to funeral services promptly.|
|We will co-produce campaigns to raise awareness of bereavement to encourage people to talk openly and receive a compassionate response.|