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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.

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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.

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.

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Year of the Nurse: “I hope us being there is very reassuring for patients, even if it is just a phone call so they can talk to someone”

Helen Andrews, Clinical Nurse Specialist at Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice, talks about her experience of working during the coronavirus pandemic and how the community team have adapted to ensure patients continue to get specialist care and support at home.

Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice Nursing Assistant, Maria Griffin, in PPE

Year of the Nurse: Meet Maria Griffin, Nursing Assistant at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice

Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice Nursing Assistant, Maria Griffin, has been working tirelessly throughout the coronavirus pandemic. As part of our 'We can't stop' campaign, she shares her experience of working at the hospice during these unprecedented times.

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“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.

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“It is OK to feel the way you do” Sue Ryder Counsellor Shane's advice for grieving at Christmas

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.

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“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.

Emma, Hospice at Home Clinical Lead at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice

Year of the Nurse: Meet Emma, Hospice at Home Clinical Lead at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice

As we move into a second national lockdown, Emma, Hospice at Home Clinical Lead at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice, looks back on the early months of the pandemic and the challenges faced by her team during such difficult times.