Grief is a natural response to losing someone you love and cherish. There is no right or wrong way to grieve, and everyone experiences it differently.
Although grieving is intensely painful, in time these feelings begin to change as we adapt to a different way of life. It is both healthy and normal to discuss the dead, to remember people we have lost and to support each other through the emotions these memories trigger.
Little things can remind us of the ones we have lost – a song, a place, a piece of clothing. No matter how small, it is important to remember them, and to share these so that their memory lives on.
Around the world, different cultures and faiths have ways to remember the dead. At the end of October and start of November we have Halloween, Samhain, All Souls Day, and Mexico’s Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead – all different, but all with their roots in remembrance and the importance of not forgetting those we knew.
That's why, from 26 October - 1 November we'll be sharing your #IRemember stories. Who do you want to remember? What makes you think of them?
From songs, to places, to a particular hot sauce that they always put on their food, sharing stories is a way to keep memories of loved ones alive. We can remember the foibles or frustrations as well as the times they made us laugh, or feel safe, happy, or loved.
How can I get involved in #IRemember?
Taking part is easy. All you need to do is:
- Share a memory of someone you have lost - this can be a friend, a family member, a pet or a colleague. You can include a photo, a video or just stick to text if you want
We'll be sharing your stories throughout the week.
We know that grief can never be fixed, diminished or taken away. It becomes part of our life story, and shapes how we live the rest of our lives. There are organisations who can help with bereavement support, including: