Launch of national survey on bereavement

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The Office for National Statistics (ONS), on behalf of the Department of Health, has launched the first ever national bereavement survey to measure care at the end of life. The survey will provide important information for key services that provide end of their life care, to help improve people’s experiences at this sensitive time.

The survey is being sent to 49,000 people across England – one in seven of all those who registered a death between November 2010 and June 2011. It is seeking their views on the care that their loved one received, as well as the care and support they were given themselves.

This survey will provide an opportunity for those who have cared for a loved one at the end of their life to make a contribution to improving services for others. The information will be treated in confidence, and if anyone is distressed by the questions asked they can contact the ONS enquiry line or Cruse Bereavement Care helpline.

The survey is based on the successfully evaluated VOICES (Views Of Informal Carers – Evaluation of Services) questionnaire, which was developed by Professor Julia Addington-Hall, and has been adapted for national use.

The results of the national survey will be completed by the end of March 2012, and will provide valuable information to inform future development of services.

For more details see the news release at:

or the survey itself at: