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 

Wednesday 17th November
Online, Zoom | 6.30 – 8.30pm

Grief Meets Music: This session will be a gentle space offering the chance to opt-in to facilitated reflection and sharing, meditation, singing and listening to music. You can opt in to as many of these activities as feels right for you on the day, and can enjoy being in the company of other LGBTQ folk, in a space that welcomes all experiences of and thoughts about grief.

The session will be facilitated by experienced and sensitive LGBTQ choir leader and singing teacher, Hannah-Rose Tristram.

Wednesday 15th December 
Community Kitchen Brighton | 10am – 1pm 

Commemorative Cooking: Exploring loss and grief through baking and decorating biscuits. 

To reserve your free place please email Jackie on [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.