Do the Welsh have it? Evaluating a bereavement support service supporting people bereaved by dementia


Accumulating evidence suggests that a dementia diagnosis, for many, triggers feelings of grief, and often marks the first of many losses that will be experienced by both the person who has received the diagnosis and their loved ones, as the disease progresses. Previous research has also revealed that carers who report higher levels of pre-death grief are at greater risk of complicated grief after their loved one has died. Despite this evidence, appropriate bereavement support for people bereaved by dementia is a significant unmet need. The Bereaved by Dementia project was delivered collaboratively by Cruse Cymru and Alzheimer’s Cymru to address the bereavement needs of people bereaved by dementia throughout Wales. This paper draws on an independent evaluation of the Bereaved by Dementia Project conducted by Aston University and the University of Bristol. We summarise our main findings, recommendations, and suggestions for future research.

Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities > Sociology and Policy
College of Health & Life Sciences > School of Psychology
College of Health & Life Sciences
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Bereavement Care on 20 Nov 2019, available online at:
Publication ISSN: 1944-8279
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2023 12:38
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2019 12:59
Full Text Link: 10.1080/02682621.2019.1679481
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2019-11-20
Accepted Date: 2019-09-01
Authors: Roleston, Caity
West, Karen
Shaw, Rachel



Version: Accepted Version

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