Bereavement Research

Posted by jolangdon on Sept. 6, 2020, 10:45 a.m. 4 comments

Dear Death Cafe Practitioner,

I hope you don't mind me contacting you this way. I wanted to share with you a piece of research I am undertaking in relation to feelings following a bereavement; and ask your help in recruiting interested participants. 

My research relates to emotions experienced following a bereavement, in particular positive emotions, such as relief, gratefulness, peace, etc. I have a suspicion that bereaved people sometimes do experience positive emotions, but hide them because they fear that such emotions are wrong in some way, and that society will condemn them.

I hope that by researching this issue, I can shed a bit more light on this phenomenon, and help normalise such experiences for people experiencing bereavement.

I wonder if any of your death cafe contacts or acquaintances might be interested in taking part? I can provide further details and an email poster,  if you think they might be interested.

Thank you in anticipation of any help you can provide.

Warmest regards,

Jo (


Interested in contributing

My family lost a dear relative to suicide in February. We have all taken so many paths in the process of our bereavement.

Posted by Kate Reavis

I would be interested in participating, if you are still looking for volunteers.

Posted by Janelle


I would also be interested in participating if you still need volunteers.

Posted by Susan

Hi, I feel I may be able to usefully contribute. When my wife of 46 years, and to whom I was very close, died I felt overwhelming joy. Tony

Posted by Tony Collard

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