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 are carrying out a number of research projects. See below for more information.

The Oxford Grief Study

kirstenThe 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.








The Loss Foundation is 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 current groups we are going to be trialling NEW therapeutic groups as part of an exciting research project.

What is the research about?

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.

How will these therapeutic groups differ from the current support groups?
Good question! The current support groups are often facilitated by a Psychologist or Doctor, but are typically led by the needs of our attendees on the day. In comparison our Psychologists will be leading the new therapeutic groups with structured content.

Every session will have a theme that will focus on trying to help you with a specific aspect of the grieving experience. For example we will be helping people deal with flashbacks, troubled sleep, difficult feelings and more. As the group content is planned we will be building on what has been covered session-by-session so we ask that people commit to attending all 6 sessions, rather than attending as and when.

We also want to know which parts of the new groups are most helpful – one way of doing this is to measure it! So we will ask everyone who attends the group to complete weekly questionnaires, which will help us (and you) monitor any changes in how you are doing.

Who can participate in this research?
If you have lost a loved one to cancer you may be eligible to join a group.

When will the therapeutic groups start?
Our groups for 2016 are now completed. We aim to run some more groups in 2017.

How do I take part or find out more?

You can sign up to our monthly mailing list on our Contact page to be kept up to date with future developments.

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




Research Media

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