Bereavement survey questions

Present-tense versions of the survey questions appear below. However, responses to the past-tense version of the questionnaire are also included here.

Q1 - What was the nature of your relationship with the person who died?

Q2 - How has the person’s death affected you during the hours, days, and weeks that followed?

Q3 - How, if at all, have your relationships with other people (particular individuals and other people in general) been affected by the bereavement?

Q4 - Does the surrounding world seem any different to you while grieving? If so, how?

Q5 - Has your experience of time changed in any way?

Q6 - Has your body felt any different during grief?

Q7 - Has grief interfered in any way with your ability and motivation to perform various tasks, including paid work?

Q8 - Is your experience of grief changing over time? If so, how?

Q9 - Have you ever found yourself looking for the person who died or expecting that person to appear?

Q10 - Are there times, places, and occasions that have made you especially aware of the person’s absence?

Q11 - People who are grieving often report experiencing the presence of the person who died. Have you had any experiences that you would describe in those terms?

Q12 - Do you still feel a sense of connection with the person? If so, could you say something about when you feel this and what the experience is like?

Q13 - Since the person died, is there anything that you have been doing in order to feel close to them?

Q14 - Is there anything that you do in order to avoid being reminded of the person or of their death?

Q15 - Has anything in particular helped you to cope with grief? Has anything made you feel better or worse?

Q16 - How understanding have other people been? Have others said or done anything that you've found especially helpful or unhelpful?

Q17 - How, if at all, has your experience of bereavement changed you as a person?

Q18 - How, if at all, does grief over the death of a person differ from other forms of loss that you have experienced?

Q19 - Are there any aspects of grief that you find particularly puzzling or difficult to put into words?

Q20 - Are there any important aspects of your experience that we have not addressed?