Economic components of grief

Patricia Anne Corden, Michael Anthony Hirst

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This paper investigates the nature, context and impact of economic stressors associated with loss, drawing on a mixed methods study of changes in financial circumstances and economic roles following death of a life partner. Findings show how economic changes, and the practicalities of dealing with such transitions, shaped individual responses to the death. Perceived decline in financial well-being was associated with increased risk of poor psychological health following bereavement. The findings underline the theoretical importance of financial risk factors for anticipating the duration, pattern and timing of bereavement outcomes. A challenge for service providers and professionals is how to bring understanding of economic components within emotional and practical support for people preparing for death and those who are bereaved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)725-749
Number of pages25
JournalDeath Studies
Issue number8
Early online date27 Feb 2013
Publication statusPublished - 22 Apr 2013


  • bereavement
  • personal finances

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