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30th November 2020

LOSING someone we love will sadly affect all of us at some point in our lives but the support we receive during and after our bereavement can make all the difference to our recovery. With this in mind, Tovey Bros is backing the aim of National Grief Awareness Week, which runs from 2-8 December, to break the taboo surrounding this sensitive topic by encouraging people to share their grief stories online.

NGAW is hosting a week-long calendar of online events to raise awareness of the hundreds of UK charities and bereavement support services that are available to individuals affected by grief organised by the Good Grief Trust.

Life, loss, learning and legacy will be some of the topics discussed in online forums on the subject of covid deaths, bereaved parents, Men’s Grief Day and bereavement in LGBTQ communities. Other events include an interfaith webinar, a choir performance and a park run. The week culminates with a national, informal minute’s silence at 5pm on Tuesday 8 December with many buildings illuminated in yellow as a beacon of hope to all those in need of help.
James Tovey, of Tovey Bros, said: “Death is an inevitable fact of life which, although immensely painful for those left behind, is one of society’s biggest taboos when it comes to debate. We have witnessed time and time again how open dialogue around bereavement, coupled with practical and emotional support can really help individuals heal from a significant loss and find ways of moving forward with new meaning so we wholeheartedly welcome this initiative.”

Did you know that in the UK?

  • There are an average of 600,000 deaths per annum
  • One person dies every minute
  • Every 22 minutes a parent dies, leaving 112 children bereaved every day
  • There is no statutory bereavement policy for all schools
  • 85% of young people between 20 and 24 years old who take their own life have had a bereavement
  • Many universities do not have a bereavement policy in place
  • A significant risk factor of suicide is when someone is already bereaved through suicide
  • The bereaved often say they feel as though they are going mad, highlighting a need to normalise grief through peer support
  • Factors preventing recovery from grief include isolation, loneliness, trauma, PTSD, self-harm and alcohol or drug abuse.




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