Sue Ryder Grief Kind Garden

Discover more about the organisation behind the Sue Ryder Grief Kind Garden at RHS Chelsea 2024

Sue Ryder
Grief Kind is a national movement of kindness that aims to give people the tools, knowledge and confidence to support one another through grief.

Sue Ryder at RHS Chelsea

We know that every single visitor to the Chelsea Flower Show will have their own story of grief. Nearly 170,000 people visit this iconic event, which is roughly the same number who will be widowed in England and Wales this year alone.

Every year around 650,000 people die in the UK. For every death around 9 people are affected by bereavement. Leaving 5.5 million people in the UK grieving each year. As one of the UK’s leading bereavement charities, Sue Ryder has found that over 70% of people who have been bereaved are not getting the support they need.

The charity spoke to over 8,000 people who had experienced a recent close bereavement. Some felt they needed formal support (counselling or prescription medication), whilst many others wanted informal support from friends, family or peers who had also experienced bereavement.

Sue Ryder sees the garden as providing a safe space for people who are grieving or supporting someone who is grieving, the opportunity to have a moment of quiet reflection or to share their experiences and to have open conversations about grief, while learning more about how to be Grief Kind and signposting visitors to where they can access Sue Ryder’s bereavement support services. 


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