'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 Mother’s Day we’re sharing the heart-warming words of mother and daughter, Paulette and Julia, who together raise vital funds for their local hospice, Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.
"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.
Following a successful pilot with residents at Sue Ryder Dee View Court, we are now rolling out the use of virtual reality as a form of mood-boosting therapy across all of our neurological care centres.