Financial constituents of family bereavement

Patricia Anne Corden, Michael Anthony Hirst

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The authors examine economic and financial transitions following family bereavement, drawing largely on their qualitative and quantitative study in the UK context. They consider the implications for family members of changed income streams, immediate expenses such as funeral costs and bills and debts outstanding from a period of costly family care. Managing adjustments in household budgeting may have impact on quality of family life and relationships. Economic practicalities often mean new roles and responsibilities within the family which influence emotional and psychological experiences and consequences of bereavement. The authors conclude by considering ways forward in developing economic support for bereaved families and the role of financial institutions, government and bereavement services.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-65
Number of pages6
JournalFamily science
Issue number1
Early online date2 Aug 2013
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2013


  • bereavement
  • family
  • financial implications

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