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Guildhall lights up for National Grief Awareness Week

Andover Guildhall turned orange on Wednesday 8 December to mark the end of National Grief Awareness Week.

At 6pm, Test Valley Borough Council lit up the historic building to help raise awareness of grief and bereavement. It joined landmarks up and down the country, each stood in unison bathed in an orange hue.

Led by the Good Grief Trust, the national campaign, which ran from 2 to 8 December, aims to encourage people to talk more about bereavement and death and, crucially, highlights how those affected can access support.

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Leader of Test Valley Borough Council, councillor Phil North, said: “It’s been a particularly difficult couple of years for most people, and grief and bereavement has, tragically, been a focus of the pandemic.

“Many people have lost loved ones during this period, which has been particularly difficult as friends and family members have been unable to say a proper goodbye in some cases.

“National Grief Awareness Week and the work of the Good Grief Trust, is key to helping us to open up about bereavement and encourage those struggling to access support. And we can also help each other, even if we just pop round for a cup of tea or go for a walk with someone we know is going through a tough time. But those small gestures can help to make the world of difference to those struggling.”