Grief is something that affects each and every one of us – there is no escaping the fact that we will all experience grief in our lifetime, yet it is a subject that many of us find difficult to talk about. Chris McIndoe is campaigning to change this and to get people talking about grief. As an Advanced Grief Recovery Method Specialist, Chris works to help people explore the ineffective tools we have acquired in order to deal with grief and introduce a new toolkit to help people resolve the pain associated with loss. The Grief Recovery Method® is an evidence-based action plan for unlocking and respecting the emotional experience of grief – a key component of which is knowing how to talk about it. This is why Chris is joining the campaign for National Grief Awareness Week 2022 – a campaign organised by the Good Grief Trust which aims to raise awareness of grief’s impact and to build a unified voice for all bereavement support services.
Throughout Grief Awareness Week (2nd – 8th December 2022) there will be a variety of local events to support people struggling with grief. On 8th December, Lytham Windmill will be one of the many landmarks across the country being lit up orange as a show of solidarity with all those struggling with the effects of grief and as a reminder that no one has to experience grief alone. People are encouraged to join in this solidarity by reaching out to loved ones and members of their communities and offer the opportunity to talk.
In collaboration with David Pope from Lytham Funeral Service Ltd, Chris is organising a bereavement café on Thursday 8th December between 10 am and 12 noon at Lytham Funeral Service Ltd.’s office, 42 Clifton Street, Lytham FY8 5EW. It will be open for anyone wishing to talk about grief, bereavement or loss, and Chris and David will be there to provide support. Light refreshments will be provided, and everyone is welcome.
In addition, David will be running his 8th annual Blue Christmas – a carol service for those living with bereavement, loss and grief on Thursday 8th December, 7pm at St Cuthbert's Church Lytham. The service is dedicated to remembering loved ones and to supporting those who are struggling with the idea of celebrating this festive season. Light refreshments will be available afterwards and everyone is welcome.