Brisbane, 23 October, 2006: Australian Catholic University (ACU) is set to embark on a three-year study into the different ways people cope with the loss of a loved one.The community engagement project, to be carried out by ACU researcher Dr Chris Kynaston, will be delivered in partnership with Australian-owned funeral company Metropolitan Funerals.
Metropolitan Funerals has pledged $16,500 in funding to help get the project off the ground.
Dr Kynaston, from the School of Arts and Sciences at ACU’s Brisbane Campus (McAuley at Banyo), said the study would provide a rare insight into grieving in an increasingly diverse and secular society.
“Through our research, we hope to gain a better understanding of bereavement in contemporary Australia, and particularly the ways in which factors like ethnicity, gender and age influence the grieving process.
“This information will help to enhance the delivery of funeral and bereavement services, through an improved insight into the diverse needs of grieving people.
“Metropolitan Funerals will support the project not only financially, but also by allowing us to tap into their considerable experience and knowledge of the industry.”
Brian Gill, General Manager of Metropolitan Funerals, said the project would not only benefit the community but would also help his company to better meet the needs of grieving families.
“Metropolitan Funerals is proud of the work it does in supporting local communities and our support for this research project is no exception,” Mr Gill said.
“The findings of the study will allow us to more effectively assist families during one of the most difficult times of their lives.”
Australian Catholic University (ACU) – established as Australia’s only Catholic, national, publicly funded university – is open to all. The University empowers its students and staff with a strong sense of social responsibility and concern for the moral and ethical dimensions of their study and their professional and personal lives.
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