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Bereaved UK military families: A mixed methods study on the provision of practical and emotional support

Fadeeva, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-0919-2761, Mann, E., McGill, G. , Wilson Menzfeld, G., Moreland, M., Melling, A. & Kiernan, M. D. (2022). Bereaved UK military families: A mixed methods study on the provision of practical and emotional support. Death Studies, doi: 10.1080/07481187.2022.2089777


Traumatic deaths of military personnel can have tragic consequences for lives and health of bereaved significant others. To mitigate the effects, the UK Armed Forces enhanced the support for bereaved military families. However, little is known whether the support has been satisfactory. The present research applied mixed methods to explore the experiences of bereaved UK military families (N=264) with different types of support and how it historically changed over time. The findings suggest that although support has improved, further improvements are required in the provision of financial information, administrative support and access to psychological support for all bereaved family members.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2022 The Author(s). Published with license by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.
Publisher Keywords: bereavement, military families, armed forces, bereavement support, grief
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
U Military Science
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs > Sociology & Criminology
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