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