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Welfare and Employment
Financial consequences of the death of a partner

Researchers: Anne Corden, Michael Hirst and Kath Nice

Funder: Economic and Social Research Council

Duration: June 2006 to June 2008

This research investigated the economic and financial consequences of bereavement for a surviving spouse or partner and their household, using a mixed methods, prospective design. The study involved a quantitative element based on longitudinal analysis of the British Household Panel Survey, and a qualitative element comprising personal interviews with people at different life stages whose partner has died.

The research will contribute to debate about personal responsibility for financial affairs, and institutional arrangements that shape the financial impact of bereavement.

Findings:

  • have implications for employment policy, social security, tax, pensions, housing and legal matters
  • informs the development of bereavement support and financial advice services
  • are directly relevant to the role of primary health and social care

Publications and presentations

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2013

Economic components of grief, 2013
Corden, A. and Hirst, M., Death Studies, 37, 8, 725-749.
Financial constituents of family bereavement, 2013
Corden, A. and Hirst, M., Family Science, 4, 1, 59-65.
2012

Bereavement and older people - support in dealing with economic practicalities. Invited workshop.
Corden, A., Bereavement Matters Conference, University of Warwick, Coventry, 3-4 July 2012. PDF of presentation
Financial issues related to death and bereavement. Invited plenary.
Corden, A., The Financial Implications of Dying and Death Seminar, St. Joseph's Hospice, London, 9 March 2012.
Bereavement Benefit for the 21st Century: Public consultation by the Department for Work and Pensions 2011-2012: Response to the consultation from the Social Policy Research Unit, at the University of York, 2012
Corden, A., Hirst, M. and Sainsbury, R., Social Policy Research Unit, 10 pages.
2011

Bereavement issues in the context of health and well-being in the workplace. Invited.
Corden, A., Bereavement Issues in the Context of Health and Well-being in the Workplace Conference, organised on behalf of Dame Carol Black, National Director for Health and Work, London, 14 October 2011.
Financial implications of death of a life partner. Invited.
Corden, A., Contemporary Research and Practice in Bereavement and Bereavement Care Conference, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, 30 September 2011.
Mixing methods, disciplines, domains of knowledge and personal beliefs
Corden, A., 60 Years of Sociology, British Sociological Association Annual Conference, London School of Economics, London, 6 April 2011.
Partner care at the end-of-life: identity, language and characteristics, 2011
Corden, A. and Hirst, M., Ageing & Society, 31, 2, 217-242.
Discussion group facilitator. Invited.
Harper, M., Bereavement Issues in the Context of Health and Well-being in the Workplace Conference, organised on behalf of Dame Carol Black, National Director for Health and Work, London, 14 October 2011.
Chair of plenary discussion. Invited.
Sainsbury, R., Bereavement Issues in the Context of Health and Well-being in the Workplace Conference, organised on behalf of Dame Carol Black, National Director for Health and Work, London, 14 October 2011.
2010

Financial implications of death of a life partner
Corden, A., School of Management, University of Wales in Cardiff Invited Seminar, School of Management, University of Wales in Cardiff, 3 November 2010.
Death of a partner: financial implications and experience of loss, 2010
Corden, A., Hirst, M. and Nice, K., Bereavement Care, 29, 1, 23-28.
Change in living arrangements following death of a partner in England and Wales, 1971 to 2001, 2010
Hirst, M. and Corden, A., Population Trends, 141, Autumn, 130-150.
Trends and Changes in Household and Personal Circumstances on Death of a Partner in England and Wales, 1971 to 2001, 2010
Hirst, M. and Corden, A., Social Policy Research Unit.
2009

Inequalities in bereavement
Corden, A., Vice-Chancellor's Interdisciplinary Seminar, University of York, 17 November 2009.
Death of a partner - money matters
Corden, A. and Hirst, M., Northern Regional Meeting of the Association of Bereavement Services Coordinators, St. Catherine's Hospice, Scarborough, 13 May 2009.
Economic identities: the experience of loss and transition among people whose partners died, 2009
Corden, A. and Hirst, M., Mortality, 14, Supplement 1, S15-S16.
Economic identities: the experience of loss and transition among people whose partners died
Corden, A. and Hirst, M., The Social Context of Death, Dying and Disposal, 9th International Conference, Durham University, 10 September 2009.
Money, bereavement and grief: financial implications of death of a partner
Corden, A. and Hirst, M., Bereavement Research Forum Symposium, London, 4 February 2009.
Financial implications of death of a partner, 2009
Corden, A., Hirst, M. and Nice, K., Research Works, 2009-1, Social Policy Research Unit.
2008

Implementing a mixed methods approach to explore the financial implications of death of a life partner, 2008
Corden, A. and Hirst, M., Journal of Mixed Methods Research, 2, 3, 208-220.
Mixing statistical approaches: the writing process
Corden, A. and Hirst, M., 4th International Mixed Methods Conference, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, 21 July 2008.
Money matters when a partner dies
Corden, A. and Hirst, M., Palliative Care Research Day, University of Kent, Chatham, 27 November 2008.
Financial Implications of Death of a Partner, 2008
Corden, A., Hirst, M. and Nice, K..
Financial Implications of Death of a Partner: Annexes to chapters 3-6: Statistical data and analysis, 2008
Corden, A., Hirst, M. and Nice, K., Social Policy Research Unit.
Financial Implications of Death of a Partner: Appendices A-F: design, research methods and instruments, 2008
Corden, A., Hirst, M. and Nice, K., Social Policy Research Unit.
2007

Death of a life partner: the financial implications
Corden, A. and Hirst, M., ESRC Researcher Development Initiative: Mixed Methods Research in Social Work, York, 11 December 2007.
Exploring the Financial Implications of Death of a Life Partner: Using a mixed methods approach - Paper for presentation at the 3rd Annual International Mixed Methods Conference 2007 at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge UK, 9-11 July 2007, 2007
Corden, A. and Hirst, M., Social Policy Research Unit.
Exploring the financial implications of the death of a life partner: using a mixed method approach
Corden, A. and Hirst, M., 3rd Annual International Mixed Methods Conference, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, 9-11 July 2007.
Financial consequences of death of a life partner
Corden, A. and Hirst, M., 8th International Conference on the Social Context of Death, Dying and Disposal, Bath, 15 September 2007.
2006

The financial and economic consequences of the death of a partner
Nice, K., Challenging Issues in the Bereavement Research Process, All Saints' Pastoral Centre, St Albans, 16-17 November 2006.

Press coverage

The Irish Times, February 13, 2009 - Call for reversal of medical-card legislation. Eugene Murray, chief executive of the Irish Hospice Foundation calls for three-year concession to newly bereaved people to retain their medical card after the death of a partner. This research is quoted as proof of financial hardship and consequent increased psychological distress after bereavement.

Society Now: ESRC research making an impact, Summer 2009 - Facing loss.

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