The Daily Mirror recently joined with Tower Street Finance’s charity partner Cruse Bereavement Care to host a special Facebook Live event to talk about dealing with grief.
It’s a subject which has been brought to the fore over the last year during which many people have had to deal with bereavement alone.
The experts all agreed that there wasn’t a single solution for coping with grief, and that everybody’s experience was unique.
Black Mums Upfront co-founder, Carina White, who presents podcasts about subjects that are difficult to talk about such as death said: “If we prepare ourselves and talk about this more, we will be more prepared to support ourselves, but also to support our loved ones as well.”
Cruse Bereavement Care clinical director Andy Langford added: “Supporting a friend through their grief is important – but it’s often hard to know how. Sometimes saying nothing at all and simply listening is the best approach. What it does is show the bereaved person that the relationship they had with the person who has died really, really matters.”
The effect the pandemic has had on the way people grieve was also touched on, covering the imaginative ways people have held funeral services and the fact that many are planning a memorial service or an event further down the line when the crisis is over.
Tower Street Finance has pledged to raise £10,000 for Cruse Bereavement Care as its official charity partner this year.
Tower Street Finance business development director Dicky Davies says: “Cruse is a natural partner for Tower Street Finance as it is supporting people through bereavement and that is also the time when they are most likely to become our customers.
“We help people with the financial challenges of bereavement, but that’s only one element of the grieving process. Partnering with Cruse means we’re able to contribute to the vital work they do as well as providing a holistic service to our customers who may need additional support.”
Cruse Bereavement Care offers support, advice and information for children, young people and adults when someone dies. It also works to enhance society’s care of bereaved individuals (https://www.cruse.org.uk).