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Garrick’s Temple to be lit up yellow for Grief Awareness

Release Date: 07 December 2020

Garrick’s Temple in Hampton will be lit up yellow this week, to recognise all those who have lost their lives during the pandemic, as part of National Grief Awareness Week.

Annual Grief Awareness Week is an annual national event, driven by The Good Grief Trust, the UK’s leading umbrella charity, bringing all UK bereavement services, support organisations and helplines together under one central database. The purpose of the week is to help the bereaved feel acknowledged and understood, help those grieving get the help and support the need, help those supporting their grieving friends and family know what to say and do, raise awareness of local support available in the area.

Cllr Gareth Roberts, Leader of Richmond Council, said:

'This year during the COVID-19 pandemic, we know that those grieving at home have endured a myriad of restrictions and limitations that have profoundly affected their grief.

'The issues around not being able to reach out to family and friends for a much-needed hug and human connection has been incredibly difficult and has caused a great deal of trauma and distress. However, distance should not prevent us from reaching out and sharing our grief.

'We are using this special week to highlight that no one is alone. Our thoughts are with all those people who have lost someone over the past few months, and if you need support or a friendly voice, to get in touch with one of our specialist local organisations in the borough.'

Garrick’s Temple will be lit yellow on Tuesday 8 December 2020. Normally the Council lights up York House. However, due to the renovation work, the building is covered in scaffolding.

For more information about Grief Awareness Week.

To access local Grief Support, go to: Cruse.

Cruse Bereavement Care national helpline open over Christmas period for emotional support on 0808 808 1677

To find out more about their free, regular telephone or Zoom support sessions with a trained and experienced Richmond Cruse Bereavement Care volunteer or our local Walk and Talk Group please leave your name, number and home postcode on 0749 5777 401 or send an email to referrals@cruserichmonduponthames.org.uk. They aim to get back to you within 24 hours weekdays. They support bereaved children and young people as well as adults.

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Reference: P482/20

Updated: 24 March 2021