At some point in our lives we will all experience loss, but despite its universal nature, our experience – and the grief that inevitably follows – will always be unique to us as individuals. And yet, this reality has been complicated by the events of the past 18 months, a period in which many experienced loss for the first time.


According to The Office for National Statistics (ONS), between January 2020 and July 2021, England and Wales recorded 97,981 excess deaths compared to what would be expected in a non-pandemic period. In the UK to date, Covid has been named on the death certificates of 169,000 people. The scale of loss is hard to comprehend, the emotions compounded by the context in which it has happened.


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