In the petition to Tory MP Matthew Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, the rapper notes that a similar day already exists in the US.
He says: “I’ve been speaking a lot about grief lately – the grief of losing my dad and my nan. The thing about grieving is, it never stops. It’s something you learn is part of life once you’ve encountered death.”
He continues: “I find it hard to believe we have had no other way of connecting our experiences of grief, no day on which we can celebrate the lives of those we mourn to remind us it’s okay to grieve, to stop us internalising our grief and sweeping it under the carpet until it manifests in a far more ugly way.”
He calls for his proposed ‘Grief Awareness Day’ to be “an opportunity to call for more support and education around grief, and to give people a chance to remember and celebrate the lives of lost loved ones.
“Christmas can be an extremely difficult time of year, when loved ones have been lost and feel more absent than ever. We are calling on the government commit to doing this by Christmas, and for the day itself to be around this time too.”
Professor Green’s new single ‘Photographs’ also explores the rapper’s experiences with grief. You can watch the video, which also features Rag N’ Bone Man on vocals above.
For its release, Green asked fans to share photographs of loved ones they had lost and the stories behind these photographs with the accompanying hashtag #wishthatitookmorephotographsofus.
A number of those photographs feature in the video, which was directed by Simon Emmett, as well as images of Green’s grandmother.