Grieving friends and relatives from ethnic minority backgrounds are suffering from a lack of appropriate help to cope with losing a loved one, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers say.
The scarcity of data on the services that are available means providers do not know how support should be delivered to ensure they are suitable for different groups of people.
There is an urgent need for research and evidence to understand how bereavement support can be developed for different minority ethnic groups.
The researchers, led by the Universities of Leeds and Sheffield, reviewed evidence on UK bereavement care for ethnic minority communities to determine how easy it was to access, what it looked like, and what the outcomes were.
They say people representing those communities need to be involved when services are developed and delivered to ensure that groups get the support they need.