Research highlights too many people miss out on bereavement support

Section: Policy into PracticeType: News Item Date Published: 4th October 2018

Data gathered by Sue Ryder and Hospice UK reveals that 53,000 people could be missing out on support that would help them cope.

Bereavement Support in Scotland (this link will take you away from our website) estimates that around quarter of a million people in Scotland are bereaved each year. However, many people would have liked some kind of support beyond family and friends but didn’t access it because they didn’t know how, felt uncomfortable asking for it or couldn’t get the type of support they wanted.

Sue Ryder and Hospice UK are now jointly calling for a right to bereavement support for everyone in Scotland who wants it (this link will take you away from our website).

“The death of someone close can have a lasting impact on those left behind, and in some cases can lead to problems with health and wellbeing that have a significant effect on a grieving person’s life,” said Elinor Jayne, Sue Ryder’s Policy and Public Affairs Manager – Scotland.

“This research shows that almost a quarter of bereaved people would like some form of support over and above that they may receive from family and friends, but don’t get it.  It’s now time for bereavement support to be expanded across Scotland so that everyone who needs support receives it in a way and at a stage that works for them.”

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