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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.

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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.

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Silence is deadly: stigma attached to 'the D-word' means Brits are missing out on a better death

Whilst Brits know how they would spend their last days on earth, few are preparing for them, our new survey has revealed. As a result of this, we are calling on the nation to start talking about death.

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"No decision about me without me": why families must be involved in 'do not resuscitate' orders

Yesterday’s Daily Telegraph reported that, according to NHS nurses, too many patients are being subjected to Do Not Attempt Resuscitation (DNAR) orders without families being told. Our Human Rights Lead Jacqui Graves provides the important clinical context behind the headlines.

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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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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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Our responsibility on Global Human Rights Day

This Monday 10th December 2018 is the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Lead Nurse in Palliative and End of Life Care Philip Ball reflects on how far we’ve come but warns that we mustn’t become complacent.

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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.

Chris, Darren and their bikes next to hospice staff with a "Go Chris & Darren go!" sign.

“Volunteering is a great way to achieve personal goals.”

Following the loss of his mother at St John’s Hospice in February 2016, Chris Hall discovered volunteering and has never looked back. Here, he recalls his first forays into volunteering, how it led to a paid job and what it was like to conquer his latest challenge for Sue Ryder: cycling to all seven hospices across the UK in just five days.