Good Grief…Living with Loss: Part of the Fringe Festival and Dying Matters week

On Wednesday 16 May 2018 Martlets Hospice Bereavement Service will be running this very important day for the third year in a row as part of Dying Matters week. This year we will be offering a new way of helping bring bereaved people together through our singing workshop ‘Soulful Singing in Grief’. Jane, who leads the Bereavement Service, is reminded daily how difficult bereaved people find day to day life.

“We often find people avoid talking about bereavement because they don’t know what to say, they don’t want to make it worse or it hurts too much. This can add to the loneliness and isolation of grief for those who have lost someone close to them.

Some people find it difficult to grieve. Grief, truly, can have a significant and lasting impact on a bereaved person’s life. Those people who struggle to grieve or push their feelings away may find the loss expressing itself in later years and relational issues. Other people who grieve fully for their loved one can find themselves able to have hope and optimism for their future.

It’s not about moving on, or forgetting them, it’s about finding a way to remember that person whilst continuing with your life, without guilt.

The reason bereavement support is so important is that if we are able to find a way to really be with the loss of our loved one, feel the pain of that loss, it gives us the opportunity to value and think about that person and to continue living life in a full way, whilst remembering them.

Everyone grieves differently, what works for one person doesn’t work for everyone, so finding the way that’s right for each person is really important.

The Good Grief…Living with Loss community day is an on-going annual event that hopes to bring grief more into everyday life and help all of us, whether bereaved or not, to find a way to talk and be more open and comfortable with grief.”

Find out more about Good Grief

Further Information

Our bereavement support team offer support to our patients and their close friends and family throughout their time with us, for as long as they need. 

Anyone whose loved one was cared for by the Martlets is very welcome to make contact with our Bereavement Service by calling 01273 273400 or emailing