“Even the very best of times can have a tinge of sadness” Sue Ryder Counsellor Felicity offers advice on coping with grief over Christmas
Felicity Ward, Counsellor for Sue Ryder’s Online Bereavement Counselling service, gives her advice for people grieving at Christmas, the complex emotions which can arise during such a time of togetherness, and how their family and friends can provide support over the festive period.
Shane Smith, Counsellor for Sue Ryder’s Online Bereavement Counselling service, offers his advice for those grieving at Christmas who might be concerned about being with others or how they might feel at this time of year.
“Being able to talk and to have somewhere to share how they are feeling without judgement or fear could really help someone to cope”
Clova McCallum, a counsellor for Sue Ryder’s Online Bereavement Counselling service, talks here of problems people who have been bereaved experience in their workplace and gives advice for employers, colleagues and those who have lost someone.
“The more we normalise death, the healthier, happier and more helpful we can be to ourselves and others who are grieving”
Felicity Ward, Counsellor for Sue Ryder’s Online Bereavement Counselling service, discusses the common issues she finds in the workplace for people who have been bereaved and gives advice for line managers, employees and colleagues on creating a supportive space for those going through grief.
'Even if it's just to one person, or just one word, say something.' Jess Bacon's struggles with grief and the importance of opening up to others
At sixteen, Jess Bacon tragically lost her Dad. Here, she describes her struggles with depression and communicating about her loss, the silence of those around her who were scared to say the wrong thing and the liberating power of reaching out to people for support; 'Even if it's just to one person, or just one word, say something.'
Sue Ryder survey reveals almost half of people experience poor mental health following the death of a loved one
In response to the survey commissioned by Sue Ryder, we are launching our #JustSaySomething campaign in a bid to encourage everyone to open up about grief and bereavement, enabling a more honest, supportive grieving process for those affected and people supporting them.
This week sees the UK’s first ever National Grief Awareness Week, encouraging us all to #OpenUpToGrief and break the taboo around death and bereavement, for a more open discussion of a subject which affects us all at some time in our lives.
After Richard Littledale lost his beloved wife Fiona back in 2017, he decided to chronicle his experience of bereavement in the hope of comforting others. They have been turned into a book Postcards from the Land of Grief, published today, and 100% of the royalties will go directly towards Sue Ryder's expert and compassionate care.
"People who have lost a limb sometimes experience the presence of the limb long after it has gone – as if the nervous system refuses to accept this new, altered reality. Just recently, I experienced a similar thing with my grief on two occasions." Blogger Richard Littledale opens up about times when he has turned to his late wife Fiona, only to find her no longer there.
The start of a new year is often accompanied by hope but, when you’re grieving for a loved one, may bring a number of more difficult emotions with it. Our Online Counsellors share their suggestions for coping with grief at the start of the new year.