Our story

The Good Grief Trust exists to help all those suffering grief in the UK. We aim to find the bereaved, acknowledge their grief and provide reassurance, a virtual hand of friendship and ongoing support

Our vision is to bring all bereavement services together around the country, to ensure that everyone receives the support they need to move forward with their lives

  • With over half a million deaths in the uk every year, at some time in our lives ALL of us will be affected by grief and none of us know how we will react to the death of someone close until it happens.
  • We aim to develop the UK’s leading fully comprehensive online bereavement support website, to provide support both for the bereaved, whether you have lost a partner, child, parent, grandparent, sibling or friend and for the health professionals who support them.
  • Run by the bereaved, for the bereaved, we aim to bring bereavement into the 21st Century and offer a fresh new insight into the way grief is managed in our country.
  • We aim to encourage talking about grief in a more honest, straightforward way, help to make the pain a little more bearable for those at the early stages and offer inspiration and hope to the bereaved further along their own grief ‘journey’.

Linda Magistris – Our Founder

Linda talks about why she founded The Good Grief Trust and her vision for our charity

Why I set up The Good Grief Trust

"I lost my partner Graham to a rare cancer, a soft tissue sarcoma, on September 2nd 2014.

We found each other again, 30 years after we first met when we worked together in TV back in the late 70's.  We spent the following 8 years together; he was my best friend, the man who made me laugh more than anyone else, the man who drove me to complete despair at times, the man I loved being with, and who made my heart flutter when I saw him, even after all those years, and I miss him like crazy every day. 

Losing Graham has changed my whole world, the pain has been unbearable at times, I've felt lost and alone and often completely disconnected with day to day life.  Grief can be utterly debilitating and early on it literally made me feel as if I was going mad.  The reality of death has been very hard to accept and has affected me deeply, but that's not a bad thing.  I am a different person now, I don't have much patience for the nonsense in life anymore, but what I do have is great deal more patience and empathy for anyone who is struggling. I want to ensure that no-one has to suffer unnecessarily because they cannot access the support that is right for them, at a time they need it most.

Please visit our GoFundme page for more information on why I set up the charity

Linda