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Coping with grief

Rachael Tout
Rachael Tout
St Wilfrid’s Hospice is greatly saddened to hear of the death of Her Majesty The Queen. We join the whole country in mourning Her Majesty. Our thoughts are with her family and friends.

We know that when someone dies it can be shocking. It can also feel very sad when someone in the public eye dies, and it can bring up feelings of loss and grief about people close to us who have died.

Grieving is a very personal experience, and at this time of national mourning, it is important to remember there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to experience grief. News of Her Majesty’s death may have provoked feelings of sadness in you that you weren’t expecting. Try to sit with those feelings and examine them, as feeling sad for another family going through grief shows your own experience and compassion for others.

Give yourself time to accept news of a death close to you, or in the public eye, and don’t expect to ‘get over it’ in a specific period of time. Grief comes and goes, and you may feel it many years later when something unexpected happens or a memory resurfaces.

Reach out to others if you can, such as close friends or family members, and if you don’t have anyone you feel you can talk to remember you can access support through The Good Grief Trust You aren’t alone.

Access our Bereavement Support Page for more resources.

May Her Majesty Rest In Peace.


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