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Image of Patricia Gibson MP in a video for Sue Ryder's bereavement leave for all campaign

“Bereavement is not a holiday”: MPs and public figures show support for bereavement leave

A coalition of MPs, businesses and charities have backed Sue Ryder's campaign for statutory bereavement leave in a powerful new video.

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Sue Ryder searches for their next Ambassadogs to help support patients

Sue Ryder has partnered with Pets As Therapy to launch a nationwide search for the paw-fect canine companions to carry out important duties and provide support for patients at their neurological care centres, hospices and palliative care hubs across the UK.

Jennie and Dom, sitting and smiling together at a restaurant

“It was helpful to go back through all our times together and contribute something in Dom’s memory”

Jennie Hanbidge’s husband Dom died at home on October 17, 2020, aged just 48 after being diagnosed with stage 4 oesophageal cancer only a few months earlier. As the family were supported by the community team at Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice during Dom’s illness, Jennie set up an Incredible Memories Fund enabling those who knew him to share memories and raise over £6,000 for the hospice.

Johanna, an Online Bereavement Community volunteer for Sue Ryder

Meet our Online Bereavement Community volunteer, Johanna

As increasing numbers of people have turned to the Sue Ryder Online Bereavement Community to help with their grief, Johanna shares her experience of volunteering online to help to provide crucial support through the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as reflecting on some highlights and biggest learnings from her first year in the role.

The Duchess of Kent garden, with trees and flowers in full bloom all around

“Chaplaincy is about ensuring that people are flourishing on a daily basis when receiving palliative care”

Reverend Vanessa Appleton is the Chaplain at Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice. She talks about providing spiritual support to patients, families, carers and staff in Berkshire during the pandemic.

Pippa is raising funds for the Sue Ryder Hospice who cared for her father, Nigel

“I will never stop raising funds for Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice”

Pippa Tinsley has already raised over £1,000 for Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice in memory of her dad, Paul (Nigel) Houghton, and hopes to raise more as she gets on her bike for a sponsored cycle from Sleaford to Lincoln later this year.

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Facing your first Valentine’s Day after the death of a loved one

Your first Valentine’s Day after the death of a loved one can be a painful reminder of what you’ve lost. Bianca Neumann, Head of Bereavement at Sue Ryder, offers advice on how to face Valentine’s Day for the first time without your partner by your side.

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Sue Ryder encourages those grieving to ‘reach out’ amidst huge increase in demand for bereavement services

A year since the first coronavirus death in the UK, Sue Ryder has seen a significant rise in the need for its bereavement support. The charity is encouraging those who have lost loved ones to ‘reach out’ and seek support for their grief, as the number of people who have died with the virus is now over 100,000.

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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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“Even the very best of times can have a tinge of sadness” Sue Ryder Counsellor Felicity offers advice on coping with grief over Christmas

Felicity Ward, Counsellor for Sue Ryder’s Online Bereavement Counselling service, gives her advice for people grieving at Christmas, the complex emotions which can arise during such a time of togetherness, and how their family and friends can provide support over the festive period.