Research | Cruse Bereavement Care

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Cruse Bereavement Care is both interested and involved in promoting research with a view to extending knowledge of the impact of bereavement both for the charity and wider society.

The Cruse Research Group comprises a small group of volunteers and staff, who receive and consider research applications from both outside of Cruse and from within, and from people connected to Cruse who wish to extend their knowledge and/or qualifications.

The Research Group’s current priorities are to:

  • Increase organisational awareness of the differing needs of the bereaved
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of different bereavement support services
  • Strengthen learning from new projects and partnership working
  • Build on our professional reputation with researchers, academic institutions and charitable/statutory funders

Research proposals are carefully considered by the Cruse Research Group in accordance with Cruse strategic aims, standard policy and ethical guidelines before final approval. Please see the menu on the left for details of policy and application forms.

If you are interested in bereavement related research, or are interested in becoming a member of the group, then please get in touch. Cruse encourages research that will benefit bereaved people and the organisation, and increase understanding of bereavement. People willing to undertake research may come from within Cruse or from outside agencies.

For more information please email:

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, you can download and complete our application form

Bereavement Care is an international journal for all those who care for bereaved people.

Cruse supports research aimed at developing our understanding of grief and loss and what can help bereaved people.

The Cruse Research Group has links with The Halley Stewart Library at St Christopher’s Hospice, which houses a comprehensive collection of material on all aspects of palliative care, death and bereavement. 

Some useful links for those interested in bereavement research.