Have you experienced a sudden or unexpected bereavement? Invitation to participate in research studying the impact of sudden bereavement on young adults.


The University of Worcester is one of several universities collaborating with UCL Medical School in a study of the impact of sudden bereavement.

This is aimed at helping improve services for young adults who experience sudden bereavement.

If you have experienced a sudden or unexpected bereavement of a relative or close friend, and are aged between 18 and 40, we would like to invite you to participate in our research in order to help improve services for those who have had a similar experience to you.

We recognise that raising this subject may be difficult for some. We would like to remind you that the University of Worcester has a Counselling and Mental Health Team for students, and that the staff counselling website provides further information on staff support. A list of national bereavement support services is found on the study webpage.

About the survey: This questionnaire survey of students and staff at a range of British universities and colleges is being conducted by a research team based at UCL Medical School. The questionnaire is completed online and all results are anonymous.

For mail recipients whose email server does not display the links for the UCL Bereavement Study, full links are given at the end of this email.

Aim: Our aim is to survey young adults who have experienced a sudden unexpected bereavement to measure the impact the bereavement has had on their ability to cope with everyday life. We want to find out whether they have particular needs, and which services are most helpful. This will help us improve services for this type of bereavement.

What we mean by a sudden and unexpected bereavement: By this we mean a death that could not have been predicted and which occurred suddenly or within a matter of days. This may have been due to natural causes (for example an epileptic seizure, cardiac arrest, or a stroke), or unnatural causes (for example a road crash, homicide, or suicide). In this study we are including any sudden bereavement that you may have experienced since you were aged 10. This is because children tend to react to bereavement in different ways to adolescents or adults, and because there may be difficulties remembering events that took place in childhood.

How long the survey takes: People who have completed this survey have taken approximately 20 to 40 minutes.

Confidentiality: All data will be collected and stored in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. Confidentiality is assured and further details are found on the UCL Bereavement Study information sheet and consent form.

Further support and information: At the bottom of each page is a link to the study webpage which contains links to bereavement support services. At the end of the questionnaire you will be directed to the University of Worcester’s counselling and mental health team webpage.

If you require any further information please email the research team.

How to take part: If you are aged 18-40, have experienced this kind of bereavement since you were aged 10, and want to play a part in helping others, please read the UCL Bereavement Study information sheet and consent form.

Then please click on the following link to respond to the survey: Bereavement questionnaire

Thank you very much for your help.

Dr Alexandra Pitman, MRC Research Fellow, UCL Medical School, Department of Mental Health Sciences

With the permission of:

Professor Rosalind Foskett, Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Worcester, Henwick Grove, Worcester, WR2 6AJ

Links: (for copying and pasting)

Information sheet and consent form:


UCL Bereavement Study website (including list of support services):


link to Bereavement questionnaire:


research team email:


University of Worcester counselling and mental health team webpage:


University of Worcester staff counselling website:



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