Cruse Bereavement Support has announced the relaunch of its academic journal, which has been renamed to mark the fortieth anniversary of its first publication.
The new open-access online edition is titled ‘Grief: A Journal of Grief and Responses to Death’, although it was previously known as ‘Bereavement Care’.
The modernized publication has grown from the initial eight-page newsletter to an online home of regular articles from leading experts, who will write about bereavement from a variety of perspectives, including academia and research, innovation in the field and comments on current practice.
Following the success of the print publication in 1982, the magazine opened its offering to anyone helping the bereaved and expanded to include scholarly articles from experts on grief and bereavement.
In 2009, for example, it was picked up by publishers Routledge, where it was also published online for its subscribers. Past issues have included articles that explored themes such as bereavement in immigrant and refugee families, disaster relief, and working with bereaved children.
The new edition includes articles covering: the latest research on bereavement during the Covid-19 pandemic, the uniqueness of the loss of a twin, support and therapy dogs for incarcerated women and hospital services that support bereaved families during the pandemic. It also raises the question: should bereavement studies be decolonized?
Dr Caroline Pearce, Editor-in-Chief of Bereavement, said: “A space for critical and informed research, discussion and debate on grief and bereavement is more vital than ever.
“’Grieving: A Journal of Grieving and Responses to Death’ aims to provide this space, supporting the ever-growing community of researchers, practitioners, policy makers, volunteers and people with lived experience involved in improving understanding grief and bereavement and improving the quality of support provided to bereaved people.
Steven Wibberley, CEO of Cruse Bereavement Support added: “From its beginnings with the incredible work of psychiatrists Colin Murray Parkes and Dora Black; the journal played an important role in Cruse’s vision that we live in a world where everyone who mourns is understood.
“We are thrilled to embark on this new chapter of the Bereavement Journal and to host such an exciting collection of new scholarly publications on grief in the modern world.”