The Cruse Bereavement Care Annual Review 2013/14 Five Ways to Make a Difference reports on the five core services which Cruse plans to extend across all Cruse Areas in England, Wales and Northern Ireland by 2018. The review includes case studies from some of the thousands of bereaved adults, children and young people we have helped one-to-one, in groups, over the phone, and by email. Some of their stories, and those of the volunteers who help them, are also given on our website.
The Annual Review 2013/14 was formally adopted at the Annual General Meeting 2014 on Saturday 22 November at the Union Jack Club in London. Cruse Chair Fiona Edwards read out a message from our Royal Patron, Her Majesty the Queen:
‘Please convey my warm thanks to the Trustees, volunteers and staff of Cruse Bereavement Care for their loyal greetings, sent on the occasion of their Annual General Meeting ... As your Patron, I was pleased to receive your Annual Review and was interested to hear of Cruse’s intention to provide five key services to bereaved people in England Wales and Northern Ireland by 2018. I much appreciate your thoughtfulness in writing as you did, and in return, send my good wishes to all those who are present for a most successful and memorable gathering.’
The AGM also featured two guest speakers, who spoke about working in partnership with Cruse. Claire Henry, Chief Executive, Dying Matters Coalition and National Council for Palliative Care (pictured with Cruse Chief Executive Debbie Kerslake) spoke about our need to help society to address the topics of death, dying and bereavement. Joe Hill, Director of Research for Samaritans, spoke about plans for joint delivery of support groups for those bereaved by suicide, and also gave an insight into the recent development and launch of the Radar app, and the subsequent decision to withdraw it.