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'A good death' during the Covid-19 pandemic in the UK: a report on key findings and recommendations

Bear, Laura, Simpson, Nikita, Angland, Michael, Bhogal, Jaskiran K., Bowers, Rebecca, Cannell, Fenella, Gardner, Katy, Lohiya, Anishka, James, Deborah, Jivraj, Naseem, Koch, Insa, Laws, Megan, Lipton, Jonah, Long, Nicholas J. ORCID: 0000-0002-4088-1661, Vieira, Jordan, Watt, Connor, Whittle, Catherine and Zidaru-Barbulescu, Teo (2020) 'A good death' during the Covid-19 pandemic in the UK: a report on key findings and recommendations. . London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

Dealing with death and bereavement in the context of the Covid-19 Pandemic will present significant challenges for at least the next three months. The current situation does not allow for families andbcommunities to be involved in the process of death in ways in which they would normally hope or expect to be. In addition, mortality rates will disproportionately affect vulnerable households. The government has identified the following communities as being at increased risk: single parent households; multi-generational Black and Minority Ethnic groups; men without degrees in lone households and/or in precarious work; small family business owners in their 50s; and elderlyhouseholds. Our study focused on these groups. This report presents a summary of findings and key recommendations by a team of anthropologists from the London School of Economics who conducted a public survey and 58 cross-community interviews between 3 and 9 April 2020. It explores ways to prepare these communities and households for impending deaths with communications and policy support. More information on the research methodology, data protection and ethical procedures is available in Appendix 1. A summary of relevant existing research can be found in Appendix 2. A list of key contacts across communities for consultation is available on request. Research was focused on “what a good death looks like” for people across all faiths and for vulnerable groups. It examined how communities were already adapting how they dealt with processes of dying, burials, funerals and bereavement during the pandemic, and responding to new government regulations. It specifically focused on five transitions in the process of death, and what consultation processes, policies and communications strategies could be mobilised to support communities through these phases.

Item Type: Monograph (Report)
Additional Information: © 2020 The Authors
Divisions: Anthropology
Law
IGA: Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GT Manners and customs
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2020 13:00
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2020 23:28
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/104143

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