Some families have found it helpful to share their stories to allow professionals to learn from their experiences, with the aim of improving the support that other bereaved families are offered. Child Bereavement UK promotes research studies which we feel are in support of the core aims of the charity, and have met rigorous ethical standards.

Current research studies

A research team in Bristol is looking for parents of stillborn babies (who died at least 6 months ago) to help identify the most important aspects of care that should be measured in studies. This will involve discussing what future research should look at and developing key messages for bereaved parents. More information HERE.

Little research has been conducted into father’s experiences of life following partner bereavement and no study has looked closely at father’s experiences of receiving support from others. Little is known about how ‘being a man’ might influence a parent’s experience of bereavement. The purpose of this research is to better understand men’s experiences to learn more about how fathers can be better supported. More information HERE.

This research study will investigate the use of physical activity to help bereaved individuals. Research has shown sport can aid the psychological well-being of participants, by reducing stress (Harrison , 2003), and anxiety levels (Eime, Young, Harvey, Charity, & Payne, 2013). Sport can also increase self-esteem (Wiersma & Fifer, 2008), which may reduce isolation and feelings of helplessness. More information HERE.

Kat Godfrey-Djundja is a Counselling Psychologist in Training at the Metanoia Institute. For her doctorate, Kat is researching into the impact of qualified counsellors/therapists, who are mothers themselves, when working with bereaved mothers. More information HERE.

Researchers at Great Ormond Street Hospital are developing new, less invasive methods for post mortem. With Child Bereavement UK’s support, researchers want to ask parents who have experienced the death of a baby or child what they think about these new methods and whether they are preferable to what is currently available. We understand that this is a difficult subject but your views are vital to moving this work forward.