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

  • Child Bereavement UK Research – to understand how we can best support schools who have bereaved pupils on their roll, we are inviting school staff and educationists to take part in one of a number of different ways:
    – fill out a brief questionnaire
    – take part in a focus group
    – have a one to one interview

If you would like to take part in this study in any way please contact schools@childbereavementuk.org


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.

Coventry University is aiming to learn about the social skills, early development, and circumstances of those who have died by suicide. Research has shown that difficulties in these areas, increase risk of attempting suicide in the general population. They want to better understand the relationship between these factors, and what can be learned to prevent death by suicide. To participate, click 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.

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