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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.

Cruse invited to the dedication of the National Memorial to British victims of overseas terrorism

Cruse COO Andy and Operations Manager Nicola Dias (pictured right in front of the memorial) attended the dedication of the National Memorial to British victims of overseas terrorism held on 17 May at The National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire. Two Cruse staff and twelve volunteers attended the dedication, and were available to provide support to the 260 bereaved people attending the moving ceremony.