As a proud partner of this year’s National Grief Awareness Week, our Bereavement Service team is sharing insight into grief and loss to help try to reduce the stigma that can surround it and get people talking about this typically uncomfortable subject.

Addressing questions such as: what to say or not say to a grieving person; how long grief lasts and advice on how to find a way through grief and its complex emotions, our expert counsellors are also sharing their own experiences of grief to help people understand the emotional impact of losing a loved one.

Beth Hopkins, Bereavement Counsellor, said: “I’m really proud that Birmingham St Mary’s is a partner in this national campaign shining a light on this hugely important topic that affects hundreds of thousands of people every day. Grief can be a very isolating experience and it’s particularly hard during these isolated times of the pandemic.

My hope is that collectively, the week helps bereaved people feel seen and heard and that people gain some understanding about how to help others cope with their loss.”

To find out more, please visit our National Grief Awareness page

Support when you need it most…

Losing someone dear to you is one of the hardest things you’ll ever experience, but it isn’t something that you have to tackle on your own. At Birmingham St Mary’s, we provide bereavement support to help people cope with the loss of a loved one. The service can be accessed by anybody who has been bereaved – whether or not the person was cared for by the Hospice, no matter how the person died or whether the death was recent or a long time ago.

Further resources

For further advice on how to cope with grief, click here to download our ‘Your Life After Loss’ booklet.  To download our booklet with information on supporting children who have lost a loved one, just click the following link…The Ground Feels Wobbly

In addition, here is a quick guide for teenagers coping with the loss of a loved one.

If you have any questions at all or would like to find out more, you can contact a member of our Family and Carer Support Team on 0121 752 8748.

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