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Letter to the Business Secretary calling for bereavement leave

Sue Ryder and a coalition of MPs, charities, businesses, faith leaders, and healthcare professionals are calling on the Government to introduce statutory paid bereavement leave for all UK employees grieving the loss of a close relative or partner.

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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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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.

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NHS Reset: Why we can no longer neglect the palliative care sector

Heidi Travis, Chief Executive of Sue Ryder, discusses the impact of delays in medical diagnoses and treatments on the numbers of people needing palliative care over the next 24 months, and makes the case for sustainable statutory funding for hospices.

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Sue Ryder warns of increase in need for palliative care as a residual impact of coronavirus pandemic

National healthcare charity Sue Ryder has found that over one third (34 per cent) of the public said that they, or somebody they know, have delayed seeking medical advice or treatment for potentially serious symptoms during lockdown.