Marking Grief Awareness Week 2023 at Sue Ryder

02 Dec 2023

National Grief Awareness Week, 2 - 8 December 2023, aims to raise awareness of all aspects of grief and loss on a national scale. This year’s theme is 'Better Together' to create stronger communities for open conversations and to help normalise grief.

Through sharing stories of grief and making people aware of the support available for those who are bereaved, Grief Awareness Week aims to help everyone better understand the experiences of others, and how they can support those around them.

Bianca Neumann, Sue Ryder’s Head of Bereavement, appears on the Irwin Mitchell podcast

This week, Bianca Neumann was a guest on the Irwin Mitchell podcast, talking about grief, bereavement, and where to turn for support. You can listen to the episode featuring Bianca on the Irwin Mitchell website.

Or listen to Bianca's episode on Spotify or hear Bianca's appearance via Apple podcasts.

What to write in a sympathy card

Sending a bereavement card is one of the first things we think about doing when we know that someone has died. But so many of us struggle with finding the right words to say when we write it. On our website, Bianca Neumann gives some insight into her experience of receiving cards when her mum died, and some advice and ideas about what you can put in a bereavement card.  

Coping with grief at Christmas

Whether it’s your first Christmas without someone, or they died many years ago, you might find that your grief is more intense throughout the holiday season. It’s important to try not to put too much pressure on yourself and those around you, particularly as how you’re feeling might change from day to day. You can find advice on how to cope with grief during the festive season here.

Support from Arena Flowers

Sue Ryder is thrilled to be supported once again by Arena Flowers, who have created the beautiful Celestia bouquet to mark Grief Awareness Week. The Celestia bouquet is available throughout December, with Arena Flowers donating £1 from the sale of each bouquet to Sue Ryder. Arena customers are also supported with suggested sympathy wording and signposting to our bereavement services.

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