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Concurrent
Emerging Issues and Trends

Bereavement in the Context of Homelessness: Insights from Multiple Research Studies

Joshua Black

Objectives

1. Participants will be able to identify five themes identified in the literature in understanding the bereavement experience in the context of homelessness. 2. Participants will be able to identify the primary barriers and gaps to support the bereavement experience in the context of homelessness. 3. Participants will be able to identify the current practices to support the bereavement experience in the context of homelessness, as well as what can be done better moving forward.

Brief Abstract

There is a lack of research completed to understand the bereavement experiences for those experiencing homelessness. Multiple research studies were conducted to better understand this matter. The research showed narratives of broadly unmet needs, a lack of grief-informed approaches for both the person experiencing homelessness and frontline staff, and suggestions on how to improve bereavement supports. This information should aid organizations in their response towards providing improved bereavement support moving forward.

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