Women ‘struggle more than men after bereavement’

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02 March 2017

Loneliness and financial problems are worse for women   Feelings of loneliness following a bereavement are worse for women than men, a survey has found.   The poll of 2,014 bereaved adults aged 65 and over found 30% of women said feelings of loneliness were the thing they found most difficult following bereavement, compared with 17% of men.   One in five (20%) people aged 65 and over who have been bereaved for three or more years still have feelings of loneliness, according to the survey by older people’s charity Independent Age.   Overall, more than half (54%) of respondents experienced feelings of loneliness after being bereaved.   More than one in four (27%) did not turn to anyone for emotional or practical support following the death of a family member. This rose to almost one in three (32%) among men, compared to just under one in five (18%) among women.   Excerpt from Health Insurance Daily, read the full article here.   Health Assured can provide bereavement support Presenting issues related to ‘Life events’ account for 6.5% of contacts into our service. Our counsellors have vast experience in supporting individuals who are coming to terms with life events such as bereavement, career change, becoming a parent etc., drawing upon the advice team wherever required in order to support clients with the practical aspects, as well as offering emotional support. Our EAP team recognises the impacts that life events can have not only on personal and social areas of life, but also the work life of the client and their family. We have demonstrable experience in supporting individuals experiencing presenting issues related to ‘Life events’. Across our portfolio of clients, we see the following positive impacts of our counselling support for such presenting issues:

  • 50% reduction in levels of anxiety.
  • 50% reduction in depression levels.
  • 52% reduction in those out of work at the end of therapy.

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