Death of a partner: financial implications and experience of loss

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-28
Number of pages6
JournalBereavement Care
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Bibliographical note

Article published May 2010: Corden, A., Hirst, M. and Nice, K. (2010) Death of a partner: financial implications and experience of loss, Bereavement Care, 29, 1, 23-28. This is an author produced version of the article published. This paper has been peer-reviewed but does not include the journal pagination. Link to the online version: DOI: 10.1080/02682621003707423


  • bereavement
  • employment/benefits
  • social exclusion, income, poverty
  • health services issues
  • social care services issues

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