‘Grief is the price we pay for love’. This quote by English psychiatrist Colin Murray Parkes, which was famously used by the Queen in a message of support to those who lost loved ones during the 9/11 terror attacks, has never been more timely.
The UK’s third National Grief Awareness Week (2-8 December) aims to raise awareness of all aspects of grief and loss on a national scale, to offer access to a choice of tailored bereavement support to all those grieving, as well as those working with the bereaved.
It also hopes to ensure immediate access to support for all types of bereavement in local communities across the country, to raise awareness of smaller frontline organisations and to give them a national platform to reach local people in need.
James Tovey, of Tovey Bros, said: “This is a wonderful initiative to help the public to better understand how to support those grieving the loss of someone they love. To open conversations around loss and normalise grief can offer some sort of solace to the bereaved when their anguish seems too much to bear.
“What many bereaved people want more than anything is to hear their loved one’s name spoken again so it’s often worth gently broaching the subject. Just the simple act of going for a walk with someone who is grieving or taking the time to have a cup of tea with them, can make a big difference to their mood.”
Anyone struggling with the experience of losing a loved one can access free group support through Tovey Bros’s STEPS programme which runs several times a year at Newport’s Lysaght Institute. You can self-refer and do not have to have used our services in order to attend. Please contact us on 01633 266848 or through our Tovey Bros Facebook or email email@example.com