Supporting the Bereaved

As the Government begins to appraise the social distancing rules, I hope they will take into account all evidence, including the mental anguish from separation, improved focus on precautionary protection for those most at risk and then to take immediate steps to enable all other sectors, particularly the arts, events and travel sectors to recover.

Six months on from the first recorded death in the UK from COVID-19, the coronavirus pandemic has left huge numbers of people grieving for the hundreds of thousands of people who have died. While necessary, the national and regional lockdowns have been a significant barrier to people trying to cope with their grief.

As a result, Richard is supporting a newly launched Sue Ryder Campaign to introduce a bereavement support bubble policy, which would enable grieving households of any size to come together and form a support bubble with one other household in the case of further local and national lockdowns. More information on the campaign can be found here.

Commenting, Richard said "I am backing the campaign calling for those who are grieving to be able to form bereavement support bubbles with any other household, during any future lockdown. These bubbles would allow households, who are grieving a shared loved one, to come together without the need for social distancing and receive the vital support they need at such a difficult time."