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Her Majesty The Queen attends reception to mark the 60th anniversary of Cruse Bereavement Care

Her Majesty The Queen attended a reception at St James’s Palace on Monday 21st October to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the world’s leading and largest bereavement charity, Cruse Bereavement Care.

The reception was an opportunity for the charity to recognise the hard work and dedication of its volunteers who provide bereavement support to people across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Last year, the charity’s network of 5,000 volunteers gave support to almost 60,000 people.

Cruse pays tribute to its volunteers at awards ceremony

This year Cruse Bereavement Care is marking our 60th anniversary. At our annual conference on the 4th and 5th July in Birmingham, we hosted a special Volunteer Awards ceremony to pay tribute to the dedication and outstanding contribution of our volunteers.

There were six categories, including, New Volunteer, Young Volunteer, Fundraising Volunteer, Management Volunteer, Volunteer of the Year and the President’s Award which was presented by our Life President, Dr Colin Murray Parkes.

New Volunteer - Mary Griffin

Cruse celebrates 60 years of supporting bereaved people

2019 is Cruse Bereavment Care's 60th anniversary. Throughout the year we'll be marking 60 years of supporting bereaved people with a series of events and celebrations. Today at our conference Bereavement Care - Past, Present and Future we launched a new short film. Watch Nicole, Margaret and Brendan share their incredibly moving experiences of bereavement.

Lee Latchford-Evans supports Cruse

Steps superstar, Lee Latchford Evans is supporting the UK’s largest bereavement charity, Cruse Bereavement Care this year in memory of his Dad and Mother-in-Law who both died in 2018. 

Lee will be running the ASICS London 10K on Sunday 21st July 2019 with his wife Kerry and many others taking part to raise money for the charity that supports people after the death of a loved one. 

BBC Radio 4 Podcast talks about sibling loss

BBC Radio 4's daily podcast, 'Beyond Today' talks about sibling loss and shares the story of Georgia Coan, a producer on the programme.

Georgia's brother Elliot died in 2013 at the age of 19 due to complications in a routine surgery. Recently she made the decision to openly discuss her experience with grief for a podcast episode.

Georgia said: "One minute my brother was alive and well, the next he was gone and the world was pulled from underneath my feet. Our family’s life changed in an instant.

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.