Fivefold ‘loneliness’ increase after death of a spouse
New Government data, released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed that widows and widowers are at an increased risk of loneliness when compared with other groups. Losing a husband, wife or civil partner leaves you five times more likely to experience loneliness ‘often’, compared to married peers, while almost a third experience loneliness at least ‘some of the time’. The figures also shine a light on the multifaceted nature of loneliness, with unemployment,poor health, and deprivation amplifying the sense of loneliness among the bereaved.
Since the launch of the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness last year, the topic has been high on the political agenda. Before her death in 2016, Jo Cox had campaigned relentlessly for more action to be taken on combating loneliness, telling MPs: “I will not live in a country where thousands of people are living lonely lives forgotten by the rest of us […] we must all reach out.”
Rosedale have been leading the way on tackling loneliness in our communities by running regular bereavement support groups across all six of the market towns that we serve.
Those who have attended the 8-week bereavement group then transition into a monthly ‘friendship group’ and often friendships form outside of the group as well, with outings and other social activities taking place, meeting up for meals and even fundraising for charity together. We have organised bingo nights, garden parties, trips to Cromer Pier and the Thursford Christmas spectacular, with our most recent outing this month to see Shrek at the Theatre Royal in Norwich.
New groups are starting very soon. For the date and venue of our next group, go to http://www.rosedalefuneralhome.co.uk/bereavements-support/