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Image of Patricia Gibson MP in a video for Sue Ryder's bereavement leave for all campaign

“Bereavement is not a holiday”: MPs and public figures show support for bereavement leave

A coalition of MPs, businesses and charities have backed Sue Ryder's campaign for statutory bereavement leave in a powerful new video.

Jennie and Dom, sitting and smiling together at a restaurant

“It was helpful to go back through all our times together and contribute something in Dom’s memory”

Jennie Hanbidge’s husband Dom died at home on October 17, 2020, aged just 48 after being diagnosed with stage 4 oesophageal cancer only a few months earlier. As the family were supported by the community team at Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice during Dom’s illness, Jennie set up an Incredible Memories Fund enabling those who knew him to share memories and raise over £6,000 for the hospice.

A grieving man with his head in his hands

Grieving for a public figure

When a public figure dies, the news can elicit a range of emotions. You may feel a sense of loss if you admired them, but you might also feel indifferent. If you've struggled with a bereavement, their death may bring feelings of grief to the surface again. The important thing, says our Head of Bereavement, Bianca Neumann, is that we should respect that everyone will feel differently.

The Duchess of Kent garden, with trees and flowers in full bloom all around

“Chaplaincy is about ensuring that people are flourishing on a daily basis when receiving palliative care”

Reverend Vanessa Appleton is the Chaplain at Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice. She talks about providing spiritual support to patients, families, carers and staff in Berkshire during the pandemic.

Pippa is raising funds for the Sue Ryder Hospice who cared for her father, Nigel

“I will never stop raising funds for Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice”

Pippa Tinsley has already raised over £1,000 for Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice in memory of her dad, Paul (Nigel) Houghton, and hopes to raise more as she gets on her bike for a sponsored cycle from Sleaford to Lincoln later this year.

A woman holding a red rose in her hands

Facing your first Valentine’s Day after the death of a loved one

Your first Valentine’s Day after the death of a loved one can be a painful reminder of what you’ve lost. Bianca Neumann, Head of Bereavement at Sue Ryder, offers advice on how to face Valentine’s Day for the first time without your partner by your side.

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Sue Ryder encourages those grieving to ‘reach out’ amidst huge increase in demand for bereavement services

A year since the first coronavirus death in the UK, Sue Ryder has seen a significant rise in the need for its bereavement support. The charity is encouraging those who have lost loved ones to ‘reach out’ and seek support for their grief, as the number of people who have died with the virus is now over 100,000.

A grieving person alone in their living room

Sue Ryder gains support from cross-party MPs and organisations to call on Government to bolster bereavement support in the workplace

Sue Ryder and a coalition of MPs, charities, businesses, faith leaders and healthcare professionals are calling on the Government to introduce a minimum of two weeks statutory paid bereavement leave for all UK employees grieving the loss of a close relative or partner.

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Letter to the Business Secretary calling for bereavement leave

Sue Ryder and a coalition of MPs, charities, businesses, faith leaders, and healthcare professionals are calling on the Government to introduce statutory paid bereavement leave for all UK employees grieving the loss of a close relative or partner.

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.