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Cover of Postcards from the Land of Grief by Richard Littledale

Why I wrote 'Postcards from the Land of Grief': a book about bereavement

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.

Chica pet therapy

A shout-out to the therapy dogs of Sue Ryder (and an alpaca too)

To round off National Volunteers’ Week, we want to celebrate the furry, four-legged volunteers who work so hard to brighten the days of our patients, residents and families – not forgetting their humans!

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.

Bella the Pets as Therapy dog with a Sue Ryder Nurse

“Bella was born to be a Pets as Therapy dog”: meet Duchess of Kent Hospice’s four-legged volunteer

Pets can be a great support during illness and beyond – as volunteer Barry discovered when, following his wife Sarita’s death, he signed up their puppy Bella to become a certified Pets as Therapy dog.

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. 

A girl wrapped in a blanket browsing the Online Community on her tablet 546

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.

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.

An older man reading the online community on his smartphone

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.

A boat floating at sea

“If a loved one is caught in the tide of grief, there's no shame in just watching from the shore."

When blogger Richard lost his wife Fiona just over a year ago, he felt helpless. Here, he describes how the people around him helped him to weather the storm.

Foot prints in the desert

When two is not the charm: my second year of bereavement

"Wiser heads warned me that the second year of bereavement may well be harder than the first – and so far they have been right," reflects blogger Richard Littledale, who recently passed the anniversary of his wife Fiona's death. With New Year on his mind, he ponders what lies ahead.