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Bereavement during COVID-19 study
4 December 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has literally disrupted every aspect of life, including how we die and how we grieve. Lockdown, social distancing and travel restrictions mean that a death from any cause during the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to have occurred against a backdrop of many losses. As businesses and cities open up again, we are being told that life is getting back to ‘normal’, but for people who have experienced a death during COVID-19, there is no back to normal.

Researchers at the University of Technology Sydney invite you to take part in a research study that explores the experiences and support needs of people bereaved from any cause during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you feel ready to reflect on your experience, participation in the study will consist of a 30 minute anonymous online survey that asks about your experience of bereavement, the kind of support (if any) you have received and wanted, what has been most helpful and least helpful for you, and any other comments you would like to make. The anonymous survey can be accessed here:

https://redcap.link/z94laqf9

The researchers hope to use this information to help develop a national plan for bereavement support during the COVID-19 pandemic and any future pandemics.
If you want to know more about the study please contact Prof Liz Lobb via Elizabeth.Lobb@uts.edu.au or Dr. Serra Ivynian (Serra.Ivynian@uts.edu.au) on (02) 95144822.