We recently did a user survey, to find out more about all of you, and what you think of this site. Thanks very much to all who took part. One interesting result was that three quarters of our users are female. This got me wondering, is there a reason for this imbalance?
We do know that men can often find it harder to open up and talk about their emotions. For example, some research done by Sue Ryder showed that 1 in 4 bereaved men do not talk about grief, compared to 1 in 7 women.
However, I can think of quite a few very active male users of this site who are doing a great job sharing their experiences and supporting each other, so it is by no means always the case. And, with high profile men such as Prince Harry and Rio Ferdinand recently speaking publicly about grief, perhaps there are signs that attitudes might be starting to change?
What do you think? Do men and women cope with grief differently, or seek out different forms of support?