New Network Launches to Support Grieving Millennials
The Grief Network aims to tackle the lack of resources for people who have experienced bereavement in their early adulthood (teens to early thirties). It provides a supportive community for young people to forge connections with others who have also lost a loved one.
Founder Rachel Wilson reached out to popular British podcast The High Low after facing difficulties when trying to find bereavement services catering to her experience of loss in her formative years. After connecting to listeners with similar stories, Wilson organised meetups in her home city of London, UK, that eventually developed into The Grief Network.
For its official launch on October 2 2019, The Grief Network is collaborating with mindfulness brand Headspace for an event focusing on the topic #stillgrieving. A panel featuring Wilson, Griefcast creator Cariad Lloyd, former The Maccabees guitarist Felix White and Young People’s Laureate for London Theresa Lola will discuss the effect loss in early adulthood has had on their lives.
The network aims for its events to “challenge what grieving in early adulthood looks like, to dispel misconceptions and facilitate conversations with family and peers”. Those who are unable to attend the launch are encouraged to use #stillgrieving on social media to share their experience of dealing with bereavement as a young person.
There is a deficit in services helping people process their experience of grief. In the UK, almost 18 million people say that they are uncomfortable talking about death, despite the fact that the average Brit first suffers a bereavement of someone close to them aged 20 (Co-operative, 2018).
The Grief Network joins a growing number of initiatives offering consumers wellbeing support in new formats, such as Shout Textline and mental health chatbots. See our report on The Death-Positive Movement for other noteworthy brands and platforms catering to consumers searching for new ways to process mortality and grief.