National Grief Awareness Week

The National Grief Awareness week is taking place from 2nd December to 8th December. This annual event is driven by the Good Grief Trust, a charity that brings bereavement services, support organisations and helplines all together under one umbrella, in one central database. This has proved to be a useful tool to signpost both bereaved people and those who work with them to organisations that can help provide the support they need when they need it.

The aim of the week is to normalise grief and get the public talking as well as raising awareness of all aspects of grief and loss on a national scale. The more we encourage people to talk about grief, the less taboo it will become and hopefully it will make it an easier subject to discuss. Grief has affected more people in the last 18 months than ever before and touched every community in our society. Taking part in this week to raise awareness, even in a small way, will provide help and hope to those that need it.

Last year many of you did something to mark the week – whether that was a run in the park, or holding virtual events, to the lighting up of St Paul’s Cathedral! A poster campaign was launched, with each poster displaying a key message, and these images are available to organisations to download from the website again this year – www.nationalgriefawarenessweek.org. We would encourage all our members to participate in some way.

The Grief Awareness Week will be a fixed event in the calendar each year. Knowing the date in advance means you can plan events in good time, for example you could have your Christmas remembrance services during Grief Awareness Week. This year it will be particularly important to host events for bereaved people, many of whom will have had to grieve alone during the pandemic and will benefit from being able to attend an event such as a remembrance service or Good Grief Café. Communication and media teams could help you promote such events to ensure people in your community are aware of them.

If you are planning to do something, whatever it may be, please do let us know so we can feature it in the Spring Journal. Please submit your article, including photographs where relevant, to the ICCM Technical Services and Journal Officer, Sofia Allana, at sofia.allana@iccm-uk.com by 15th January 2022.

If you would like to discuss contributing an article or need any assistance or further information please call Sofia on 07502 627521.