Bereavement Care Special Edition Call for Papers

Bereavement support 1959-2019 and beyond

Bereavement Care

The journal Bereavement Care is planning a special themed edition for Winter 2019.

The theme is ‘Bereavement support 1959-2019 and beyond’.

The theme has been chosen to coincide with the Diamond Jubilee of the UK charity Cruse Bereavement Care. However, the special edition will take an international focus and is seeking contributions that will challenge readers to reflect upon how bereavement support, theory and best practice have evolved from their early days in the 1950s to the present time. We also invite authors to consider controversies, challenges and possibilities for the future.

The edition tasks itself to engage with ideas, practice and personal experience that are pertinent to our international readership and as such submissions will need to address this. Colin Murray Parkes will be providing the Foreword / Editorial for the Special Edition.

Call for Papers

We are looking for: research that will be peer reviewed; reviews of seminal books and art projects/works; articles of that address issues of practice; and personal reflections.

Word counts for submissions will vary but range from 1,500 – 5,000 words approximately.  All work will need to have been previously unpublished.

We would be specifically interested in papers that explore:

  • Changes and controversies in theories of grief / bereavement
  • Changes in the delivery of bereavement care and support and the theoretical and professional drivers for this
  • The public health model of bereavement
  • Complicated grief / prolonged grief – how this has been addressed from a range of viewpoints (to include neuroscientific perspectives)
  • Community approaches / Peer support for bereavement
  • Children’s bereavement services / Children’s hospices – a history
  • Support for diverse populations and issues of social justice

About Bereavement Care

The journal aims to improve our understanding of grief and bereavement and to enhance the quality of care and support provided to bereaved people in all parts of the world. It was founded in 1982, and has grown to become a unique international journal that sets a high academic and scientific standard.

Accessible and interdisciplinary, it reaches a range of relevant audiences, including practitioners, volunteers, and students, as well as academics, researchers and all those with an interest in the impact of death on people’s lives.

Bereavement Care is published by Taylor and Francis in association with the national voluntary organisation Cruse Bereavement Care. We publish leading new, peer-reviewed research and theory alongside articles describing the best current practices and innovations in service delivery. We also include personal experiences, case reports and arts features that add new dimensions to our understanding.

We have an international readership and welcome contributions on the needs of people from different cultures, religions and philosophies.

Submission Guidelines

If you are interested in submitting a paper for this edition please contact the Managing Editor, Jessica Mitchell at by 31 December 2018 with a simple outline of your idea.

The journal’s Editorial Board will select the ideas that are to go forward and final submission of papers will be required in Spring 2019.