Coping with Valentine's Day after losing a loved one

Hello everyone,

Valentine’s Day can be incredibly challenging, particularly for those of you who have lost a loved one and it’s your first Valentine’s Day without them. Our Head of Bereavement at Sue Ryder has written a blog with some advice and tips to help you through this day.

I’ve shared a few sections from blog below:

“This Valentine’s Day, be loving and kind to yourself.” You’ll experience a mixture of emotions and the most important thing is that you do what feels right for you.

You may feel like everyone in your life is celebrating with a partner, but know that you are not alone in your grief. Sue Ryder’s Online Community has lots of advice from bereaved people on how to cope with these kinds of days. It’s useful knowing that there are other people whose partner has died out there who understand. Don’t hold it all in.

We’ve also shared links to some threads that have been posted by members of the community. Feel free to take a read and take part in the conversation if you would like to. You’re also welcome to start your own post if you’d like some support from the community.

Be kind to yourself and remember we’re all here for you :yellow_heart:

If you’re looking for further support outside of our community, I’ve listed some options below who are always just a call or text away anytime you need someone to talk to:

The Cruse Bereavement Care helpline is open every day if you need someone to talk to. Call 0808 808 1677 . See full details of opening times .

The Samaritans are open 24/7 and you can reach them by calling 116 123 - call for supportive and non-judgemental listening if you need to talk about anything that’s on your mind.

If you prefer text-based support, Shout are contactable by text, 24/7. You can text Shout to 85258 and talk to them about anything.