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Our Online Bereavement Support - a lifeline during lockdown

The effects of the Covid-19 pandemic have transformed daily life for everyone, with the impact on many bereaved people being even more severe due to their isolation in lockdown and a sudden loss of face-to-face support from family, friends or counsellors. In such a difficult time, Sue Ryder's Online Bereavement Support services have provided a vital lifeline.

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Volunteers' Week 2020: Alison, a telephone befriender

Alison Hilken is a long-term supporter of Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice and has been volunteering at the hospice for the last 12 years. Due to the coronavirus pandemic she's unable to carry out her normal role supporting day therapy patients, so has become a telephone befriender.

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Sheila Hancock CBE sends message of support to those who are grieving as Sue Ryder sees surge in need for its bereavement support amidst coronavirus turmoil

Sue Ryder supporter and actress, Sheila Hancock CBE, sends a video message of support to those who are grieving in lockdown as Sue Ryder sees a surge in need for its bereavement support amidst coronavirus turmoil.

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Sue Ryder's 'Dementia Together' service launches virtual meetings

Suffolk’s Dementia Together service led by Sue Ryder has seen a big increase in the number of calls to its helpline and has launched virtual meet-ups to support people living with dementia and their families during this difficult time.

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A day in the life - Lucy Sansom, Palliative Care Social Worker at Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice

Meet Lucy Sansom, a Palliative Care Social Worker at Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice. She provides social care support to patients, families and carers at the hospice and in the community. Here, Lucy talks us through a day in her life.

Sue Ryder St John's Family Support Team

Meet the Sue Ryder St John's Family Support Team

Meet Sue Ryder St John’s Family Support Team, a multi-disciplinary team who support people from diagnosis onwards, during life-limiting conditions, and we also offer bereavement support after a loved one has died.

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'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.'

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‘I was in quite a dark place and just being able to talk to someone made a huge difference.' How our bereavement support has given Lee hope and perspective after losing his mum Jean

Lee Jackson signed up for a trek to the Great Wall of China after his mum Jean received end-of-life care at Sue Ryder’s Manorlands Hospice. He explains why he was determined to give back to the Manorlands team who cared for Jean, how his trip turned out to be a cathartic experience and how comforting Manorlands' bereavement counselling has been for him since Jean's death.

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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.

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Human Rights Day 2019

Today is Human Rights Day, a day that celebrates the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. In her latest blog, our Human Rights Lead, Jacqui Graves, explains how we are asking party leaders to commit to protecting human rights in the UK.