National Grief Awareness Week is taking place from 2nd until 8th December 2021.
What is National Grief Awareness Week?
National Grief Awareness Week is an initiative which aims to raise awareness of all aspects of grief and loss on a national scale. When families are hit with the loss of a loved one, they often find themselves feeling isolated and alone. The COVID19 crisis has only compounded this problem for many people in our community who have experienced grief this year; sharing your story can help ease that isolation as well as providing an opportunity to process what happened during such trying times together so no one has to face grief alone.
The aim is:
- To offer access to a choice of tailored bereavement support for all those grieving in the UK and anyone working closely with them.
- To ensure immediate, easy access on your local community level across the country so that nobody has any trouble getting what they need when it matters most
- To raise awareness of smaller front line organisations in the UK, and to give them a national platform to reach those in need in their local area.
- To help the public to better understand how to support those grieving the loss of someone they love and to open up conversations and normalise grief.
The Good Grief Trust have some useful information online that can be accessed on https://www.thegoodgrieftrust.org/ngaw/. This also includes further support where you can look for local options in County Durham or close to your area via https://www.thegoodgrieftrust.org/find-support/ that would include St. Cuthbert’s Hospice, Butterwick Hospice and the National Bereavement Service.