Millions of people across the UK faced bereavement in 2020, with hundreds of thousands more bereaved than in previous years as a result of Covid-19.

There has been a lot of focus on how the UK will deliver an economic recovery from Covid-19, but much less about how society will recover – including the response to the pandemic as a mass bereavement event.

Working in partnership with a number of UK charities, and with researchers leading an academic study on the issue, a UK Commission on Bereavement through and beyond Covid-19 has been established to explore these issues and make recommendations to better support bereaved people.

The Commission is chaired by The Right Reverend and Right Honourable Dame Sarah Mullally DBE, the Bishop of London

The UK Bereavement Commission will explore several priority areas, which may include:

  • Key challenges affecting bereaved people during the course of the Covid-19 pandemic
  • Understanding what new challenges emerged as a result of the pandemic, and how Covid-19 exacerbated existing problems
  • Issues that have been especially challenging to people having the best possible experience of bereavement. Examples include social isolation and loneliness, access to services, mental health provision and financial support
  • Any models of good practice that emerged during the pandemic which should be retained and further developed in the future
  • The impact of new approaches to technology use in supporting people affected by bereavement through the pandemic
  • Understanding how different social groups – including BAME communities, and those living in poverty - have been affected differently through the course of the pandemic
  • Lessons that have been learned about the experience of bereavement during a mass bereavement event like Covid-19
  • What recommendations should be made to different decision makers about how support for bereaved people could be improved, both now and in the long term

The Commission was launched on 15th June 2021 and will report in 2022.

Read more about the Commission HERE