Grief Kind classes: expert video tutorials to help you support others with grief

In this series of five short video tutorials, our Sue Ryder bereavement experts talk you through what grief is like and how you can support others who are grieving. The videos have been produced as part of our Grief Kind campaign.

Please note: transcripts for the classes can be found at the bottom of the page.

Class one: Is there a normal way to grieve?

In this first Grief Kind Class, Sue Ryder's bereavement experts answer a range of questions to help you get a basic understanding of grief.

Questions include: What does grief look like? Do men and women grieve differently? Do different cultures grieve differently? And what signs could signal that someone who is grieving might need more support?

Class two: What can you say to be Grief Kind?

This class provides advice on what to say – and what not to say – to someone who has been bereaved and is grieving.

Our bereavement experts also discuss why listening is so very important when you're talking to someone who is grieving, and – crucially – what you should do if you feel like you've messed up and said the wrong thing.

Class three: What can you do to be Grief Kind?

Watch this class for advice on what to do to support someone you care about who has been bereaved and is grieving. In this class, our bereavement experts remind us that it's especially important to remember that everyone is different, and so what works for one person might not for another.

The video also contains experiences from people who themselves have been bereaved, sharing the support that they found most useful, which might help to give you some ideas of how you can support someone in your life.

Class four: How long does grief last?

In this Grief Kind Class, Sue Ryder's bereavement experts answer a range of questions to help you with answering this common question. Themes they look at include: How can you live with grief, and how can you help someone else to live with grief?

Class five: What can you do to be Grief Kind to yourself?

Being around someone who is struggling with grief, where you are doing lots of listening and supporting, can really take its toll. In this video, Sue Ryder's bereavement experts discuss how it is important for you to also look after yourself, as well as others, when you are in this supportive role.

They also look at where you might be able to find some extra help from, if you feel like you are struggling with the weight of supporting someone else with their grief.