Talking about “the dark stuff”: opening up about bereavement in extra care housing

Caity Roleston, Aston University, Birmingham

With death and bereavement now concentrated towards the end of the life course, older people are disproportionately affected by grief. 

Yet, older people are less likely to seek, and be referred to, bereavement support services than younger people. It is perhaps unsurprising then, that older people are at increased risk of complicated grief, psychological distress, social isolation, and mortality following a bereavement.   

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