A systematic review of loneliness in bereavement: Current research and future directions

Curr Opin Psychol. 2022 Feb;43:48-64. doi: 10.1016/j.copsyc.2021.06.003. Epub 2021 Jun 19.


Bereaved people suffer from loneliness and loneliness is associated with poor mental health. In this study, this topic is reviewed. An agenda is suggested for future research. Research that is theory-driven, addresses measurement consistency, correlates of loneliness in bereaved and non-bereaved, and treatment is necessary for prevention and intervention.

Keywords: Bereavement; COVID-19; Complicated grief; Grief; Loneliness; Persistent complex bereavement disorder; Prolonged grief disorder; Social isolation.

Publication types

  • Review
  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Bereavement*
  • Grief
  • Humans
  • Loneliness*