Psychology of Loss Week

The School of Health and Social Care has created this website to support 'Dying Matters' and 'Mental Health Awareness' Week. Both campaigns take place from Monday 13th to Sunday 19th May.

The theme we have chosen for 2019 is the Psychology of Loss. How does loss, in its various forms, impact on our health and happiness? Are we ready for our own deaths, or the deaths of the people we care about? These are difficult, even frightening, questions to contemplate. But everyone has to face up to death eventually. Surely it's better to be prepared for the inevitable? We think so.

In collaboration with the Hunnaball Family Funeral Group, we will be hosting a series of events throughout the week to support both campaigns.

The week will begin with pop-up magic performances at our Colchester campus. This will be followed by a seminar on the topic of 'Let's Talk About Loss'. This event will take place in the University's new state-of-the-art STEM Centre.

The week will finish with a special performance of Grandma on the Moon at the Lakeside theatre by the AZ2B Theatre Company.

If you any questions about the Psychology of Loss Week, please contact us.

Are we ready? Ready? Well, ready for what? Are we ready to die. Well, probably not.

What do we need to do to get ready?

There are practical things that we can all do:

  • Write our will
  • Plan our funeral
  • Decide on our organ donation wishes
  • Decide our future care wishes
  • Write all of this stuff down somewhere and share it with our loved ones

We also need to think about our digital legacy. Who will have access to our online accounts once we're gone?

Why do we need to be ready?

Talking about death won't make it happen, and avoiding these difficult conversations won't prevent it.

It is always an emotional time when someone close to us dies, but it's made easier when a plan is in place: they had the care they wanted, the funeral is all set, and there's no dispute about the will. It makes a tough time a little easier to deal with.

What's stopping us?

Thinking about, let alone planning for, your own death is a difficult thing to do. It's OK to feel overwhelmed. But that shouldn't stop you.

Being ready means different things to different people. We may never feel like we're truly ready, but we can still plan ahead. We need to do this for ourselves, our friends, our family and our local community.

We also need to be ready to help others

We might need to support a grieving friend or neighbour. We might offer help to a colleague who has received bad news about a parent's diagnosis.

We're in this life together, and we can face up to death together. It's up to us to help people deal with death, dying and bereavement. Are we ready?

Few of us enjoy thinking about death, and it can be very hard to talk about it. But there are things we can do to make it easier.

We need to get are own affairs in order. And we need to be prepared to help close friends and family members to do the same.

There are practical things that we need to do, but we must not neglect the emotional, spiritual and religious elements at play, too.

The Hunnaball Family Funeral Group

The Hunnaball Family Funeral Group is a family-owned business with 10 outlets spread across Essex and Suffolk.

Established in 1983, the company is now the largest independent funeral company in East Anglia.