The UK Commission on Bereavement has published a report setting out how bereavement throws up challenges in every area of life.

Key findings from the report include:

  • 6.8 million people were bereaved in the UK in 2020 and 2021 compared to 6.1 million in 2018 and 2019
  • 33% of respondents wanted to access bereavement services but indicated no support was available
  • 37% said they did not know how to access support
  • More than 40% of those who wanted formal bereavement support did not get any

Bereavement is everyone’s business sets out 8 Principles for Change and detailed recommendations to ensure everyone gets the support they need.

They include a focus on better support and information at 'every touchpoint'.

The aim is to better equip communities to support people throughout bereavement.

Access the report

Findings and recommendations are available in a variety of formats to ensure everyone understands how bereavement affects their community and how to support change.

These include a specific briefing for children and young people, an Easy Read summary report and a short film.

There are also specific policy recommendations for all four nations and a UK-wide briefing.

Access all the different formats, including a summary report and full report, here.

The UK Commission on Bereavement is overseen by an independent steering group.

This includes PIF members Marie Curie and Independent Age.