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War Widows ‘Knock on the Door’: An exploratory study of the experiences of bereaved military families

Join Northumbria University on 21 September for a stimulating online public lecture launching new research into the impact that death, whilst in military service, has on the surviving family, how casualty notification was undertaken and the impact that notification has on the long-term wellbeing of those left behind.

For members of the Armed Forces there is an increased risk of being exposed to serious and unsafe situations that may result in an untimely death and, for their families, increased risk of experiencing traumatic bereavement. The sudden or traumatic death of a family member can lead to traumatic bereavement and long-term financial and emotional difficulties.

Northumbria University researchers will launch the findings of a new report exploring the impact that death, whilst in military service, has on the surviving family. The study, funded by the Armed Forces Covenant Trust, and conducted in collaboration with the War Widows Association, is launched in partnership with the Ministry of Defence and specifically focuses on how families are informed about the death of the service person, the long-term financial, housing and emotional impacts of their loss and how families are affected by media interest.

The launch will outline the research methods, key findings and recommendations for improvements in the way bereaved military families are supported.

About the Northern Hub for Veterans and Military Families Research

The Northern Hub for Veterans and Military Families Research was established in 2014 and sits within Northumbria University Newcastle. It is a collective of academics, service providers and service users with an interest in improving the health and social wellbeing of Armed Forces veterans and their families. The research hub is directed by Dr Matthew D. Kiernan, Lieutenant Commander RN(Q) retired.

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