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National Grief Awareness Day 2019

Today marks National Grief Awareness Day, a time for us to recognise that healing from a severe loss, such as the death of a loved one or the breakdown of a relationship, is different for everybody. No two people will experience grief in the same way, from the time it takes to heal from the shock to how they go about living their day-to-day lives. While some people heal well, others can become overwhelmed by their situation and struggle to live their everyday lives. If this is the case, seeking support from a GP or counsellor is a great first step to helping start the healing process. 

How to Observe National Grief Awareness Day 

National Grief Awareness Day is a chance to think about those you have lost yourself and try to understand how you are coping with this, even if it took place a long time ago. It’s also an opportunity to reach out to others who are experiencing grief, checking in on them to make sure they are coping, maybe over a coffee and slice of cake. As the old saying goes, a problem shared is a problem halved, so it’s important to encourage each other to talk about your experiences. As well as this, National Grief Day is also a chance to remember and celebrate the lives of those who are no longer with us. 

Founded by Angie Cartwright in 2014, National Grief Awareness Day takes place each year on 30th August. Angie began the day after she became lost in grief herself and wanted to not only help those who have suffered like her but to educate others in how to recognise the realities of bereavement and to feel comfortable talking about death.

Advice on How to Cope with Grief

As everyone experiences grief in different ways, there are no specific steps to take to help the healing process, but the following advice may be a good place to start: 

  • Talk about your feelings to someone you trust and feel comfortable with, such as a friend, family member, health professional or counsellor
  • Remember, you’re allowed to be sad and cry. This is especially important for men as they can often feel pressured to be ‘strong’. 
  • Keeping up with your everyday routine can help process the loss
  • While it may be difficult, getting enough sleep is very important
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet to give you energy and help you cope
  • Avoid numbing the pain with such things as alcohol as it can be much worse once the effects wear off
  • Seek professional advice if you feel overwhelmed

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