On 8th of September we all heard the very sad news of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Our Sovereign Queen and Defender of the Faith had died after a lifetime of service to God and her Country. We give thanks to God for her life and continue to pray for her family.
We are very aware that many of you will have very fond and numerous memories of the Queen throughout her long reign. We hope and trust that you will treasure them for many months and years to come. Our country as well as us as individuals have been in mourning along with her family and we all witnessed an awesome fitting funeral for a unique and incredible woman on Monday 19th of September.
“Grief is the price we pay for love.”
Since the death of the Queen, there has been an outpouring of communal grief that may resonate for some, more than others. The feelings you might be experiencing may feel invalid or strange if you had never met the Queen, however, it is totally normal to have an emotional response when something of this magnitude happens. The Queen was part of Britain’s everyday life and many people will have only ever experienced the Queen as their sovereign, some will feel as though they have lost a family member with her death. This may also be a trigger for some who are reminded of what it was like to lose so many people in recent years. The death of anyone can bring up old, or recent, hurts and emotions from your own experience of death and grief, and it is ok to allow this news to open up those feelings and conversations.
We have seen and still have a huge amount of news coverage and this can be overwhelming. It is good to give yourself a break from the television or radio and take a break from social media. Allow yourself to grieve and experience all the emotions that come with that. Talk to a trusted friend or adult or seek professional support via Befriended and know that it’s safe to share your grief.