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Nilesh with his mother as a baby

“Grief is universal; it crosses all boundaries and is something that we will all share.”

Online Community member Nilesh Makwana recounts how losing his parents, Subhadra and Ramniklal, prompted him to join our online bereavement forum in 2017.

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Bereavement benefit must change to better support those left behind

Sue Ryder is calling on the Government to better support those who have been bereaved as many are missing out on vital benefits and face falling into debt to pay for basic funeral packages.

Danielle Gill with her mum and sister

“I will be imagining Mum is waiting for me at the end of the 26.2 miles.”

Our Wheatfields Hospice at Home team cared for Danielle Gill’s mum Jean nine years ago. This year, she is taking on the London Marathon for Sue Ryder to say thank you. This is Danielle’s story in her own words.

Richard Littledale with his arm round his late wife Fiona

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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What to do if you struggle with days like Mother’s Day

"For those of us whose Mums have died, we are often at a loss as to how to deal with Mother's Day," acknowledges Christine Ellis, Head of Family Support at our Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice. "Do we ignore it? Do we feel sad or filled with regret? Do we celebrate it?" Chris, who has helped countless families through bereavement, shares her expert advice.

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"Bereavement is a deep wound with no visible scar"

We were delighted to welcome our regular blogger, Richard Littledale, as keynote speaker at the Sue Ryder annual lecture last week. The event was hosted by Rachel Reeves MP at the House of Commons and discussed the topic of bereavement.

Jess Bacon with her Mum and brother at her graduation.

Losing Dad: five years on

“When I found out Dad had cancer, I worried about my graduation – and about my future beyond it. I thought of every single day ahead when he wouldn’t be there,” writes Jess Bacon, whose dad died at our Thorpe Hall Hospice five years ago. Here, she recalls all the (dreaded) milestones that have come and gone since then.

Eileen, Pete and Julia Cook walking on the beach

“Loved ones depart but they leave behind precious memories.”

What happens when someone you love has died, leaving their belongings behind? How do you decide what to keep and – at what is such a painful time – work out which items ‘spark joy’? After watching the Tidying Up with Marie Kondo episode ‘Sparking Joy After A Loss’, Julia Cook reflects on losing her parents-in-law and how she navigated the difficult process of sorting through their effects.

Sue Ryder fundraiser Ryan Judson's Mum walking in the sunshine

How can one song mean so much?

"It's amazing how you can attach feelings to a song, which will forever draw an emotional response. There are a few songs that make me think of my Mum, and for a number of reasons," writes blogger Ryan Judson, whose mum was cared for at our Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice in West Yorkshire. "Tonight, the most important of all those songs came on, and it hurt more than ever."

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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.