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National Grief Awareness Week: Let's open up to grief

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.

Cover of Postcards from the Land of Grief by Richard Littledale

Why I wrote 'Postcards from the Land of Grief': a book about bereavement

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.

Richard Littledale with his arm round his late wife Fiona

The muscle memory of grief

"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. 

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"I wouldn’t be taking on the London Marathon if it wasn’t for my mum."

"I’ve thrown myself into marathons and had a total change in career in my attempts to cope with my mum’s death, but talking has never been one for me," writes Ryan Judson, one of our 2019 London Marathoners. 

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Coping with grief at the start of a new year

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.

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“If a loved one is caught in the tide of grief, there's no shame in just watching from the shore."

When blogger Richard lost his wife Fiona just over a year ago, he felt helpless. Here, he describes how the people around him helped him to weather the storm.

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The December Daily Dash doesn't stop growing!

Now in it's fourth year, the December Daily Dash is bigger than ever, and Events captain Henry talks taking on five kilometres every day, regardless of the weather.

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On milestones: the first anniversary of losing my wife and best friend

This time last year, Richard Littledale’s beloved wife Fiona died in her own home, surrounded by family and cared for by Sue Ryder Nurses. Here, Richard reflects on how he’s been coping with the approaching milestone and shares what has (and hasn’t) worked for him.

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Training for the Royal Parks Half in six weeks: the half way point

National Events Fundraiser Henry is three weeks into his Royal Parks Half Marathon training routine - and it's dawning on him that he doesn't have much time left to get race day-ready!

Henry (far right) during his last half marathon where he achieved a personal best of two hours.

Training for Royal Parks Half in six weeks: Building up the distance

National Events Fundraiser and Team Incredible Captain Henry Fleming is training for a half marathon in just six weeks. During week two, he blogs about how he’s gradually increasing the length of his runs – and, with the help of much fitter colleagues, his fitness.