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Briggs backs Sue Ryder’s online support for bereaved people.

Briggs backs Sue Ryder’s online support for bereaved people.

When struggling with grief after the death of a loved one, people often feel isolated and unsupported. That’s why Miles Briggs, MSP for Lothian, has given his backing to a motion in the Scottish Parliament that highlights the support that national healthcare charity, Sue Ryder, provides for people who are bereaved. Coinciding with Death Awareness Week, MSPs from all parties are backing a motion that calls for people in Scotland to be more open about death and dying so that bereavement is a less isolating experience.

Miles Briggs MSP said:

“Support by charities like Sue Ryder is vital for people across Lothian who are struggling to come to terms with the death of a family member or someone they were close to. Their online community – where people go to for support from others in similar situations – is proving to be an invaluable tool for people who are feeling isolated. People who use it feel more able to cope and less alone so I would urge anyone who thinks they’d benefit or knows someone who might benefit to give it a try

“ Our reluctance as a society to talk about death and dying impacts on people’s ability to cope when someone they love dies. That’s why it’s really important that we try to shake off this taboo and accept that the death of someone we’re close to is something that we will all experience. Only then will people be able to grieve more openly and not feel as isolated.”

Pamela Mackenzie, Sue Ryder’s Scotland Director, said:

“Originally designed for people approaching the end of life, our online community has evolved to become more of a support for people who have lost someone they care for. People who use the service are going through a wide range of experiences, many of which are extremely difficult, and the support offered by community members to each other is immense.”

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·         Details of the online community can be found here: https://support.sueryder.org/community

Miles Briggs