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The Open University


Faculty of Health & Social Care

Death, dying and bereavement

Work in this theme ranges from dying through to death and bereavement. End of life care is a key strand, including underpinning philosophy, planning and delivery, and the settings in which it is provided; also ethics at the end of life and the development of professional competencies in this challenging area. Other research focuses on those who work in services that deal with death (specifically dying and dead bodies); cultural diversity in death, dying and bereavement; and reproductive loss (abortion, miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death).

We have undertaken a number of innovative funded studies, including Investigating Mortuary Services in Hospital Settings, funded by The British Academy.


Sarah Earle
Carol Komaromy
Jeanne Katz
Jackie Watts

Research students

Hong Chen (Establishing palliative care needs of dying older people in a Chinese city: a comparative study of patients in a traditional Chinese setting and a cancer hospital)

The Open University is incorporated by Royal Charter (RC 000391), an exempt charity in England & Wales and a charity registered in Scotland (SC 038302)