Here at The Loss Foundation we are committed to learning more about peoples’ experiences of bereavement to better inform the support services that we provide. We are dedicated to providing a service that is informed by your experiences and needs. In order to achieve this goal we carry out a number of research projects. See below for more information.

The Oxford Grief Study

The Loss Foundation is committed to delivering the most effective cutting edge bereavement support and as such we recognise that more research into the process of grieving and the factors that might make an individual’s journey more difficult is desperately needed in order to design better support systems and services.

What we have learned over the last few years is that in the UK there is a shocking lack of services for those who are grieving, arguably one of the most difficult experiences that any of us will go through, we want to change this.   We believe that individuals should be able to access this support for free meaning that we need to prove there is a need for it.

The Oxford Grief Study is open to anyone who has lost a close loved one and we particularly welcome participation from male grievers who are often very underrepresented within the grief research and within bereavement services.  If your loved one died in the last 6 months then you will be invited to a study that involves answering some questions at three time points over the next year.  If your loss was more than 6 months ago you will be invited to complete some measures at one time point only.

If you are interested in hearing more about the study you can register your interest by clicking on my face above or visiting The Oxford Grief Study website.

Best wishes,


Dr Kirsten Smith talking about her research  fellowship exploring complicated grief and why  she chose this topic.

In 2016 The Loss Foundation started offering a NEW type of support!

You may know that here at The Loss Foundation we are passionate about providing those who need some extra support during their bereavement with a place to go. We know how valued our current support groups are, so in addition to our general peer-support groups we trialled NEW therapeutic groups as part of an exciting research project.

How were the therapeutic groups different from the general support groups?
Good question! The general support groups are often facilitated by a Psychologist or other professional, but are typically led by the needs of attendees on the day. In comparison our Psychologists were leading the new therapeutic groups with structured content.

Every session had a theme that focused on trying to help people with a specific aspect of the grieving experience. For example, we helped people manage flashbacks, troubled sleep, difficult feelings and more.

How were the new groups related to research?

We want to understand if a 6 session therapeutic group can help improve many of the difficult grief reactions that people have when they have lost someone they love. We also wanted to know which parts of our therapeutic groups were most helpful. So we asked everyone who attended the groups to complete weekly questionnaires, which helps us monitor any changes in how they were getting on.

How do I take part in the groups or find out more?

We will be redelivering the therapeutic groups towards the end of 2017. You can sign up to our monthly mailing list on our Contact page to be kept up to date with registering for the groups.

We look forward to branching out our services and supporting you in a new way.


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