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High number of calls expected to our helpline over Christmas

The countdown to Christmas has officially begun, but for people who have been bereaved, Christmas can be a very difficult and traumatic time of the year.

The UK’s largest bereavement charity, Cruse Bereavement Care is expecting high call volumes to its National Helpline during the Christmas period. In November 2018 it saw an 11 per cent increase in calls and predicts it will be just as busy over Christmas and New Year.

Northern Ireland project supports 181 bereaved children and young people

A Cruse project in Northern Ireland for families who have experienced the death of a parent or child has supported 67 families, including 181 children and young people in the last four years.

The project, called ‘Get Together – Bereaved Families Discovering’ is a place where bereaved families can come together for free activity days and residentials. It is a partnership project between Cruse Bereavement Care and Corrymeela Community, and is funded by a five-year grant from the Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Out: Supporting Families programme.

Our response to the new Parental Bereavement Act being extended to all guardians

Today the Government has announced that the new Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay Act has been extended to support all families after a child dies.

This means that everyone acting as a parent and carer, including adopters, foster parents and guardians will be eligible for new workplace rights to two weeks paid leave when a child dies under the age of 18.

It will also cover more informal groups such as kinship carers, who may be a close relative or family friend who is responsible for the care of the child. The new Act is expected to come into force in 2020.

We comment on the importance of end of life conversations

Today a new report by the Royal College of Physicians, called Talking about dying: How to begin honest conversations about what lies ahead, highlights some of the barriers doctors encounter when having conversations with patients about death and end-of life care.

The report revealed that culture, confidence and practicalities were some of the reasons for doctors not proactively having difficult conversations about death with patients.

We talk about finding love after a bereavement on BBC Radio 4’s You and Yours programme

ITV’s Political Editor, Robert Peston has bravely talked about the guilt he felt after finding love again after hsi wife, Sian died from cancer in 2012, aged 51.

His story sparked a debate about finding love again after the death of a partner and we were invited to take part in a live discussion about this on BBC Radio 4’s You and Yours programme on Wednesday 24 September 2018.

Midcountries Co-op choose Cruse as charity partner

We are delighted to announce that The Midcountries Co-operative Funeralcare has chosen Cruse Bereavement Care to be their new charity partner this year.

The Co-operative Midcountries Funeralcare branches will be supporting Cruse’s local bereavement services by doing a range of different fundraising activities throughout the year.They have already raised £1,043.

Congratulations to our runners in the British London 10K

On Sunday 15th July 2018 our largest running team to-date took on the British 10K - running through the streets of London on a blistering hot day!

Luci, our Area Support Coordinator and Fundraiser in West Sussex was one of the forty runners who took part. The four runners from West Sussex finished successfully and have raised nearly £1000 for their Area.

Bereavement Expert Lois Tonkin on Disenfranchised Grief

Yesterday evening saw Lois Tonkin, an expert on bereavement deliver an engaging presentation on Disenfranchised Grief to a packed room of 60+ volunteers and Cruse staff.  The large audience and number of questions showed the interest this subject raises.

The loneliness that can be experienced when in such circumstances was really brought home, and what was surprising to some was the extent of how many different types of disenfranchisement there actually are.