Grief Encounters

Grief EncountersGrief Encounters is a peer support group for LGBTQ people who have experienced a bereavement.

Many LGBTQ people face a number of additional challenges when it comes to bereavement, in addition to universal experiences of grief, pain and sadness. This can include LGBTQ discrimination, a failure to acknowledge our relationships, estrangement from our families, legal and financial issues, and exclusion from discussions and decisions made by family members and health care professionals.


Grief Meets

Grief Meets are our monthly informal meetings. The groups explore a particular theme each month, using a creative outlet, and are an opportunity to meet with others and explore our grief.

Upcoming Dates 

Zine Workshop: Thursday 27th January | Zoom | 6.30 – 8.30pm

In this workshop you’ll learn how to create a zine which we will use as a tool for reflection and contemplation on grief and the new year. You will need A4 or A3 paper, scissors, pens and any other craft materials you may have.

Zines are small-batch, DIY, “magazine-like” publications that often explore taboo subjects, radical ideas and politics.

This session will be facilitated by Soofiya who is a visual artist and designer whose work explores ideas around race, gender and bodies.

To book your free space, email Jackie [email protected]


If you are interested in finding out more or attending this peer support group please get in touch with Jackie, Switchboard’s Grief Encounters Development Worker at [email protected]


Grief Encounters is made possible by funding from the Rainbow Fund.