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SUE RYDER FINDS A WAY TO HELP PEOPLE CELEBRATE THEIR LOVED ONES LIFE DURING PANDEMIC
Bereavement charity Sue Ryder, which runs Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice in Gloucestershire, is helping people to process grief in lockdown
As thousands of people across the UK experience the trauma of bereavement and loss on a greater and more profound scale than ever before, national bereavement charity Sue Ryder, which runs Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice in Gloucestershire, is helping those who are grieving to pay tribute to their loved ones with an Incredible Memories Fund.
Named after a loved one, an Incredible Memories Fund enables family members and friends to share photos, memories, raise funds and light a virtual candle in celebration of the life of someone who means so much.
With integral and deeply personal elements of the bereavement journey disrupted as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, this is a special way to ensure personal tributes are recorded, keeping their memory alive for years to come, while raising vital funds for Sue Ryder.
Sam Sykes’ husband Ben, 36, was cared for in the last weeks of his life at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice in 2019, where he was able to spend precious time with Sam and their daughter Erin.
Determined to ensure other families benefit from the same specialist palliative care, Sam set up 'Go Big or Go Home!', an Incredible Memories Fund tribute page for Ben and has since raised over £50,000 in his memory.
“I find the tribute page so moving and it has definitely helped me feel connected to Ben,” shares Sam. “I like that there is a tribute to him out there. It means a lot to me that we have been able to do that for him. I have been so touched by the messages people have left about him and it’s important that the page will be there for as long as I want it to be there.
“It has been really lovely the number of people who have left messages and photos. I still now go back through all the messages from some of the events we did 18 months ago.”
“The site has adapted with me and I have found I have been using it differently as time has gone on. For example, this year we did birthday beers for Ben through the page as we could not all get together due to the pandemic.”
“As Erin grows older I want her to be able to look at it and see how many people cared about her daddy. The tribute site journals our life without Ben but with him still at the heart of it. I don’t know how I would have achieved that without it.”
An Incredible Memories Fund can help provide a space for families and friends to come together for comfort and emotional support, to process their grief and pay tribute to the special life their loved one lived.
Bianca Neumann-May, Head of Bereavement at Sue Ryder said:
“As a society, the grief those around us are experiencing right now is unlike anything we have ever witnessed before.
“The Incredible Memories Fund is an important tool for people to process their grief in these unprecedented times. Not only does it allow people to celebrate a life that has been lived, but it keeps their memory alive for years to come.”
Sue Ryder provides a range of online bereavement support, including free video counselling delivered through trained bereavement counsellors; an online community forum offering 24 hour peer to peer support and a wide range of advice and resources for people who are grieving or supporting someone through bereavement,
To find out more about the Incredible Memories Fund, visit www.sueryder.org/incredible-memories-funds
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