Winter Weather Can Take It's Toll
The onset of snow brings joy to children, closed schools, and difficult driving conditions for commuters. The idea of being warm and cosy inside conjures up thoughts of sitting next to the fire, eating chestnuts and sipping hot chocolate or a wee toddy for some.
However, winter has the highest mortality rate of the year. The Office of National Statistics provides the following:
An estimated 43,900 excess winter deaths occurred in England and Wales in 2014/15; the highest number since 1999/00, with 27% more people dying in the winter months compared with the non-winter months
The majority of deaths occurred among people aged 75 and over; there were an estimated 36,300 excess winter deaths in this age group in 2014/15, compared with 7,700 in people aged under 75
The elderly are especially vulnerable at this time of year and coping with a bereavement can be particularly difficult when Christmas is around the corner and the days are short.
Inspire provides a "Friends of the Bereaved" service. Our staff may be just the person they need to talk to and listen to how they feel, or it may be just to help them return to "normal" day to day activities like going shopping or having an afternoon out. Our Friends for the Bereaved staff will simply listen, give space and time to grieve.
Contact us to find out how we can help:
Call Marilyn Cockett on: 07899 050622 or Email: email@example.com