Helping people to cope with loss and grief this Christmas

editorial image

As Christmas approaches, thoughts often turn to enjoyment and festive fun with family and friends. But for those coming to terms with the loss of a loved one, or those who may have lost friends or relatives around this time of year, it can be very painful and distressing time.

Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust’s Bereavement Service, working with Macmillan, regularly provides year-round support and advice to many families who have suffered the loss of a loved one. Specially trained staff offer support and guidance to the recently bereaved on the practical steps which need to be taken, as well as where to access more personal or emotional support.

This coming Saturday, 14th December, members of staff from the Bereavement Service will be joining forces with Macmillan to hold a fundraising stand in St Stephen’s shopping centre, Hull. Together, they are looking to raise money for Macmillan projects in the local area and to fund a new booklet called ‘How to cope with loss and grief’ which brings together the best of their collective advice in a single pocket-sized guide.

Andrea Mellor is responsible for the Trust’s Bereavement Service and will be taking part in the day’s fundraising activities. She says:

“No one likes to think that they will lose the people closest to them, so often when it happens, people are unprepared and don’t know how to react.

“Together with Macmillan, our aim is to help recently bereaved families across East Yorkshire through one of the most difficult periods in their lives.

“How to cope with loss and grief was particularly popular during its initial print run, but now we’re looking to raise money to print more copies and ensure many more people can access the advice they need when they need it; at their own pace and in their own time.”

Half of the funds raised on the day will go towards the booklet’s production, whilst the other half will go towards Macmillan Cancer Support, helping both patients and relatives in East Yorkshire who have been touched by cancer in some way.

The team will host their stall, which features a tombola, crafts for sale and some unique entertainment, this coming Saturday 14th December within St Stephen’s shopping centre. Why not give a little extra this festive season and help the team to help others in need of support?