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Cruse announces new Masterclass selection

Cruse Bereavement Care is pleased to announce our new Cruse Masterclass selection. The masterclasses will be delivered by eminent bereavement specialists, supported by Cruse. They will be hosted by Dr Colin Murray Parkes and speakers include Dr Lois Tonkin and Ted Bowman who will each be delivering a full day to you in their specific field.

Bereavement by suicide is a risk factor for suicide attempt

Comment on the study ‘Bereavement by suicide as a risk factor for suicide attempt’ published in BMJ Open

Cruse Bereavement Care has welcomed research from University College London carried out by Dr Alexandra Pitman et al, published in BMJ Open. The study highlights the difficulties faced by those who lose someone to suicide. Researchers found an increased risk of suicide attempts in those bereaved by suicide, and also found those bereaved by suicide were more likely to drop out of education or work.

Bereaved people in poverty need better support

Members of the Funeral Poverty Alliance, including Cruse Bereavement Care, the National Bereavement Alliance, Marie Curie and Quaker Social Action, have written to the Minister of State in the Department of Work and Pensions, Baroness Altman, asking her to meet and discuss reforming the Social Fund Funeral Payment, and look at the wider problem of funeral poverty.

Cruse Bereavement Care Appoints New Trustees

Five new trustees have been appointed to Cruse Bereavement Care, joining the Board of Trustees led by Chair, Fiona Edwards.  The new trustees bring a wealth of expertise including policy, planning, senior management, commercial skills and finance. Their experiences cover both the private and public sector.

The new appointments will mean the Board of Trustees has a greater representation and which will support Cruse to effectively deliver our strategic plan and vision.

Our deepest sympathies to those affected by the Paris attacks

Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with all those affected by the attacks in Paris – those who died, those who have lost loved ones, those who were injured and those who witnessed the attacks.

At Saturday's Cruse Bereavement Care Annual General Meeting Chair of Cruse Fiona Edwards opened proceedings, saying: "We go into our sessions today with thoughts of the terrible events in Paris always present as we focus on our ongoing work to help bereaved people."

More than one in ten people struggle with funeral expenses

New research by Royal London reveals the cost of an average, basic funeral in the UK has increased by 3.9%. This is higher than annual UK inflation of 1% (as measured by RPI). The average funeral is now £3,702 – up £140 from £3,562 in 2014.

The new Index reveals the cost of a funeral continues to be a postcode lottery. Funerals range from £2,976, for a cremation in Greenock, to £7,216 for a burial in Beckenham, Kent – a difference of £4,240.