Organisations are coming together to host a 'Grief Matters' event in Saffron Walden.

The free event will take place twice on Tuesday, May 2, ahead of Dying Matters Week (May 8 to 14).

A daytime event will be held from 1pm to 3pm at Saffron Walden Community Link, while an evening event will be held from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at Saffron Walden Library.

These events will include talks on how to support yourself, and others, through grief, as well as relaxation and self-care sessions.


Fiona Venus, compassionate communities project manager at St Clare Hospice, will be delivering a talk on supporting others through grief.

She said: "Stigma around grieving, and a lack of understanding about what it means to be ill and what happens when you’re dying, mean that too many of us are struggling to cope when faced with life’s inevitable challenges.

"The Grief Matters event aims to highlight the importance of being open to talk about grief, and to offer some simple tips and advice for how you can support someone who is grieving."

The event is being organised jointly by Uttlesford District Council, Uttlesford Food Bank, Mind in West Essex, St Clare Hospice and Essex County Council.