The Prince Of Wales’ Heartfelt Message To Military Families As He Prepares To Resume Duties

The Prince Of Wales’ Heartfelt Message To Military Families As He Prepares To Resume Duties

Prince William has extended his sympathy and solidarity to families affected by suicide within the Armed Forces community, assuring them that they are not alone.

Prince William, aged 41, has penned a heartfelt preface for a collection of guides aimed at military veterans and their families, released by Suicide Bereavement UK on Wednesday.

As a father of three, he reflected on his encounters with numerous bereaved families alongside the Princess of Wales over the years, recognizing the strength found in shared experiences.

He said: “It is essential that the voices of those bereaved by suicide are heard. There is no time limit to processing grief, but Catherine and I have met many bereaved families over the years and know the power that comes from sharing experiences, even in the most tragic of circumstances.”

William, who served in the Army with the Blues and Royals and as an RAF search and rescue pilot, described how the loss of the loved one to suicide can be a complex and long-term experience.

He said he hoped the guides would act as a vital source of guidance and help to those who are processing loss “during what can be dark days of grief”. “At times of national and international crisis we look to our Armed Forces to provide help, support and stability,” he said. “Members of our Armed Forces never shy away from a challenge – harnessing their skills and working together to help others. But in times of great challenge, it can be tempting to hide one’s own needs.”

The Prince added: “Few of us will go through our lives without experiencing the loss of someone we love. Thankfully, suicide is rare within the Armed Forces community, but for those bereaved by suicide, this loss can be a complex and long-term experience. Often the stigma surrounding suicide can prevent those affected from speaking out and seeking help.”

The At Your Side guides, offered at no cost and developed by Suicide Bereavement UK under the direction of NHS England, are designed to offer assistance to veterans, families, and active-duty personnel.

These guides were collaboratively crafted with input from individuals who have experienced bereavement.

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