23rd March 2021 marks one year since the start of the United Kingdom’s first lockdown in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. It’s no overstatement to say that the pandemic has had devastating consequences on how we grieve.
Maybe you’ve received one of these messages recently, from flower or card companies trying to sensitively acknowledge – while holding onto your business, of course – that Mother’s Day isn’t an occasion everyone wants to celebrate or even think about.
We are coming to the end of another Baby Loss Awareness week, an important annual event which aims to improve understanding of prenatal and baby death.
This week is Baby Loss Awareness Week, which aims to raise awareness of pregnancy and baby death in the UK, and this year the campaign is focussing on isolation.
Today is World Alzheimer’s Day, created to raise awareness of the disease as well as to introduce a conversation for those affected. If you’ve lost a loved one to Alzheimer’s, you may also find this to be a day of reflection for you.
Thursday 10 September is World Suicide Prevention Day 2020, which is inevitably going to cause a peak in discussions around suicide across the world wide web.
It started even before so-called ‘super Saturday’. Invitations to meet up, sometimes clearly signposted as ‘socially distanced walks’ but sometimes more vague: a gathering in someone’s garden, or was that their house?
2020 is a year like no other for everybody; counsellors and therapists are no exception. The Covid-19 pandemic has necessitated a change in ways of working that have been dramatic for many.
Those of us working in bereavement support are, sadly, like healthcare workers and funeral directors among others, very busy at the moment. At the point of writing, in 2020 to date the UK death toll is 20% higher than the average of previous years.
Today we’re welcoming a guest blogger, Mary Walsh, whose dad sadly died recently. This Mental Health Awareness Week we’re grateful to Mary for encouraging us to focus on allowing ourselves to grieve in the ways that feel right for us – and for Mary, in nature.