Salford Royal is one of the hospitals that is set to light up yellow this week by the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group (NCA) to mark Grief Awareness Week.
The national grief awareness week run from 2 to 8 December 2020 and the Salford Royal hospital is one of the hospitals that will be lit up in yellow from 6pm until midnight on 8 December as part of a Lighting Up Greater Manchester event set up by the NCA group.
The Northern Alliance NHS Group brings together the Salford Royal and Pennine Acute Trusts and operates hospitals and community services in Salford as well as Oldham, Bury, and Rochdale.
— Northern Care Alliance NHS Group (NCA) (@NCAlliance_NHS) December 1, 2020
Along with the Salford Royal other buildings in Salford including The Lowry Theatre and the Salford Arts Theatre are to light up yellow at the same time. To support the week that aims to raise awareness about the impact of grief and those who are suffering can receive support from the right services.
Bereavement, grief and loss can affect people in different ways. There's no right or wrong way to feel.
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Fiona Murphy MBE, Director of Nursing for End of Life, Bereavement and Donation at the NCA said: “Lighting up our hospitals yellow will clearly signal to our patients, our staff, visitors and those in the vicinity that the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group is here to support those who have lost a loved one, that we care, and that they are not alone.
“During the pandemic many of us are separated from our loved ones by distance, however that does not mean we cannot share our grief, just because somebody is smiling does not mean they are not grieving.”
During the time that the hospital is to light up, the NCA is also encouraging people to light a candle or shine a light to show their support.