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.
“When living with a life-limiting condition, there is still life to be lived. And here at Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice our multi-disciplinary teams do all we can to make sure that life is fulfilling.” These are the words of Funmi Shitta-Bey, Physiotherapist and Day Therapy Lead at Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice in Bedfordshire, who tells us more about her role.
"My role is to empower people – and often it’s the smallest things that make the biggest difference."
Occupational Therapist Heather Bayliss shares how Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court’s multidisciplinary Day Hospice team supports people living with cancer, lung disease, heart failure or neurological conditions in Gloucestershire.
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.
39-year-old Helen Daniels is taking part in the Bedford Running Festival in September. She’ll be running in memory of her mum and to raise funds for the hospice that cared for her, Sue Ryder St John’s in Moggerhanger.
Staff at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice have been trialling an innovative Wellbeing Café to support patients to live as fully and actively as possible with great success.
Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice has had a big place in Holli Posnett’s heart ever since her mum Christine was cared for there in 1998. To mark the 20th anniversary of her Mum’s passing, Holli decided to raise as much money as she could for the hospice in a year. This is her story.
After his dad Harry was cared for at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice, David Gallop wanted other families to benefit from the same care that his did. So he set himself a challenge – taking on one of the flattest, fastest half marathons in the country to raise funds for the hospice.
“Eight of us chose to run the Cheltenham Half for Sue Ryder. If Mum were here, she would be doing the same.”
Laura Gilder’s mum was cared for by staff at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice in 2018. In this blog post, 30-year-old Laura writes about the care that inspired her, and seven of her family members, to line up behind the start line of the Cheltenham Half Marathon last year in support of Sue Ryder.
Online Community member Nilesh Makwana recounts how losing his parents, Subhadra and Ramniklal, prompted him to join our online bereavement forum in 2017.