Have people around you gone quiet or even avoided you after your bereavement?
I’ve certainly noticed some people on the community describing that experience, and some recent research by Sue Ryder seems to confirm it:
- Over half of the people we asked said they would be scared of saying the wrong thing to a bereaved person.
- A third of bereaved people feel they can’t open up to those around them.
- A third of bereaved people said family and friends stopped asking how they were after just three weeks
- But two thirds said there was actually no end to the grieving period
Today, Sue Ryder has launched our #JustSaySomething campaign to try to encourage more people to open up and talk about grief. If you keep an eye out, you may notice some coverage in the media.
We’ve also created some online information resources on both coping with grief and supporting someone else through grief. Visit www.sueryder.org/copingwithgrief