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Lee Sharratt and his partner Marc, with their dog Rita.

From Whitby to Filey in memory of Marc

Two years after the death of his partner Marc, Lee Sharratt will walk 26 miles from Whitby to Filey in his memory. Lee has chosen a route with special memories for them, and he will also be raising funds for Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice, where Marc received end-of-life care and where Lee is a member of their New Horizons bereavement group.

Sue Ryder St John's Family Support Team

Meet the Sue Ryder St John's Family Support Team

Meet Sue Ryder St John’s Family Support Team, a multi-disciplinary team who support people from diagnosis onwards, during life-limiting conditions, and we also offer bereavement support after a loved one has died.

Manorlands volunteer hypnotherapist Amy Brown and patient Jacki Scholefield

Why Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice is pioneering hypnotherapy as a way for families to come to terms with bereavement

Our seven hospices offer counselling to the bereaved and, recently, alternative therapies such as massage, reiki and reflexology – including, at Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice, hypnotherapy. For some who’ve experienced it, the results are transforming, as local blogger Stephen Whitehead discovered when he met Jacki Scholefield.

The Rayner family

“At the hospice, I was able to become Mum’s daughter again instead of her carer – and grant her final wish.”

Emma Rayner's mum Clarissa spent her last two weeks at our hospice in Peterborough. In this blog post and moving video montage, Emma shares her family’s story.

Thorpe Hall volunteer befriender Penny Fisher

"What do you say to someone facing a life-changing diagnosis? I have no idea - but I'm a good listener and that helps."

Penny Fisher has volunteered as a befriender and bereavement supporter at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice since 2008, following the death of her husband. Here, she tells us why she gives her time.

Danielle Gill with her mum and sister

“I will be imagining Mum is waiting for me at the end of the 26.2 miles.”

Our Wheatfields Hospice at Home team cared for Danielle Gill’s mum Jean nine years ago. This year, she is taking on the London Marathon for Sue Ryder to say thank you. This is Danielle’s story in her own words.

A girl wrapped in a blanket browsing the Online Community on her tablet 546

What to do if you struggle with days like Mother’s Day

"For those of us whose Mums have died, we are often at a loss as to how to deal with Mother's Day," acknowledges Christine Ellis, Head of Family Support at our Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice. "Do we ignore it? Do we feel sad or filled with regret? Do we celebrate it?" Chris, who has helped countless families through bereavement, shares her expert advice.

Photo of Richard Littledale at Sue Ryder's annual lecture 2019

"Bereavement is a deep wound with no visible scar"

We were delighted to welcome our regular blogger, Richard Littledale, as keynote speaker at the Sue Ryder annual lecture last week. The event was hosted by Rachel Reeves MP at the House of Commons and discussed the topic of bereavement.

Jess Bacon with her Mum and brother at her graduation.

Losing Dad: five years on

“When I found out Dad had cancer, I worried about my graduation – and about my future beyond it. I thought of every single day ahead when he wouldn’t be there,” writes Jess Bacon, whose dad died at Thorpe Hall Hospice five years ago. She recalls all the (dreaded) milestones that have come and gone since then.

Sue Ryder fundraiser Ryan Judson's Mum walking in the sunshine

How can one song mean so much?

"It's amazing how you can attach feelings to a song, which will forever draw an emotional response. There are a few songs that make me think of my Mum, and for a number of reasons," writes blogger Ryan Judson, whose mum was cared for at our Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice in West Yorkshire. "Tonight, the most important of all those songs came on, and it hurt more than ever."