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Bereavement campaign launched

A campaign to help the bereaved has been launched following a report claiming that half of Brits struggle to deal with the grief of others.

The Dying Matters campaign aims to support people with what to say and do after someone has been bereaved. This is particularly apt over the Christmas period, which can be especially difficult for those coping with the loss of a loved one.

According to the Coping with Bereavement report 47% of people feel uncomfortable around those who are grieving.

Many of the bereaved also felt that they had received negative reactions during their grief including avoidance.

 “It is very sad to hear that some bereaved people feel that they are unsupported or even avoided by those around them due to a reticence to talk about death.

“As with the care of dying people, we need to be much better at discussing our wishes and feeling confident about offering support.

“Nurses have led the way in delivering specialist services to the bereaved and these should be made as widely available as possible, but there is also a clear message to individuals here. It is not always easy to know what to say to someone who has been bereaved, but acknowledging their grief and showing that you care can make a great difference to people at a difficult time.”