Sue Ryder calls on nation to help those grieving as charity sees surge in need for its bereavement support amidst coronavirus turmoil
The UK death toll from Coronavirus has now more than 44,000, which means over an estimated 220,000 people are currently grieving in lockdown. As a result, Sue Ryder has seen a significant spike in the need for its bereavement support, including the charity’s free Online Bereavement Counselling Service and Online Bereavement Community.
Suffolk’s Dementia Together service led by Sue Ryder has seen a big increase in the number of calls to its helpline and has launched virtual meet-ups to support people living with dementia and their families during this difficult time.
Meet Lucy Sansom, a Palliative Care Social Worker at Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice. She provides social care support to patients, families and carers at the hospice and in the community. Here, Lucy talks us through a day in her life.
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.
'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.'
‘I was in quite a dark place and just being able to talk to someone made a huge difference.' How our bereavement support has given Lee hope and perspective after losing his mum Jean
Lee Jackson signed up for a trek to the Great Wall of China after his mum Jean received end-of-life care at Sue Ryder’s Manorlands Hospice. He explains why he was determined to give back to the Manorlands team who cared for Jean, how his trip turned out to be a cathartic experience and how comforting Manorlands' bereavement counselling has been for him since Jean's death.
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.
Meet the latest volunteer at Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice – a loveable, furry, three year old Cockapoo called Mabel. Pets as Therapy dog Mabel started volunteering at the hospice last year and has proved to be a ‘pawsome’ pal to patients, relatives and staff. Here, Mabel’s owner and fellow volunteer Debra tells us about their experiences.
For Year of the Nurse, where we celebrate the important work of our Sue Ryder Nurses, we begin by talking with Jacqui Ackroyd, who has been appointed St John's Hospice's new Developmental Ward Manager. “I am honoured to be a nurse and I am proud to work at Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice.”
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.