Death of a partner: financial implications and experience of loss

Publication type

Journal Article


Publication date

June 1, 2010


Little research has been done to explore the financial implications of bereavement, or how experience of economic change affects grief. This article discusses key findings from a study conducted in the UK of the financial implications of the death of a partner. Many participants experienced considerable change in their financial situation following the death of their partner, and many perceived themselves to be worse off. Dealing with financial issues occupied a considerable amount of time and could take an immense emotional toll, adding to the distress of the bereavement. An important conclusion is that practical and emotional responses to economic changes following a death are closely intertwined, and that palliative care and bereavement services are well-placed to understand and address this, and offer appropriate help and support.

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Bereavement Care


Volume: 29 (1): 23-28




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