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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.

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“The more we normalise death, the healthier, happier and more helpful we can be to ourselves and others who are grieving”

Felicity Ward, Counsellor for Sue Ryder’s Online Bereavement Counselling service, discusses the common issues she finds in the workplace for people who have been bereaved and gives advice for line managers, employees and colleagues on creating a supportive space for those going through grief.

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Sue Ryder calls for statutory paid bereavement leave

Sue Ryder is calling on the government to introduce two weeks statutory paid bereavement leave for all UK employees for the loss of close relative or partner

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“You continue to move forward, step by step, even in the most painful of times”

Sarah Riley sadly lost her dad, Steve, in 2019 after he was cared for at Sue Ryder Palliative Care Hub South Oxfordshire. Here, she talks about the pain of living with her grief and how running has provided a focus through dark times, helping her to keep on going, step by step.

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Letter to the Social Care Sector COVID-19 Support Taskforce

Letter from Sue Ryder CEO, Heidi Travis, to David Pearson of the Social Care Sector COVID-19 Support Taskforce regarding access to testing and PPE for our hospice services.

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Letter to the Health Secretary on extending bereavement support

Cross-party letter to the Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock, regarding our call for bereavement support bubbles in the case of further coronavirus lockdowns.

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Sue Ryder comments on extending bereavement benefits to unmarried partners with children

Sue Ryder has commented on extending bereavement benefits to unmarried partners with children, to help broaden access to these crucial bereavement benefits and make the process itself more flexible for those in need of this financial support.

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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.