Grief is a natural response to loss, there is no right or wrong way to grieve and it is an individual experience.
Sometimes the pain may feel overwhelming, that’s why it is so important to look after yourself at this time. Grieving for our loved one takes time and healing happens gradually. It’s important to be patient with yourself and to allow the process too naturally unfold.
Alison is a qualified counsellor and oversees the Bereavement Support Service. Support is there if you need it, without any pressure or obligation. It isn’t limited to the loved one’s next of kin, it can be accessed by the wider family if they need support too. The service consists of bereavement groups, as well as 1 to 1 support. Alison will meet with you in person to discuss together what is right for you.
Contact Alison (available Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday)
Tel: 01455 637 457
Bereavement Support Groups
Losing a loved one is a very emotional experience, by coming to a bereavement group we hope it can create a gentle space to share and explore some of the difficult feelings you are experiencing with your grief.
The group offers a relaxed and safe space to come together and express your emotions and share experiences to help normalise grief and can take away the anxiety of ‘Am I going mad?’ or ‘Am I grieving right?’ Grief can appear at any time.
Bereavement support groups are monthly and you will be invited to 6 sessions. The venue and date information will be given to you at your initial meeting with us.
This group is for people bereaved of adult loved ones.
This group is for parents, grandparents and the wider family who have so tragically lost a baby or young child.
This group is for children bereaved of loved ones.
1 to 1 Support
Some people prefer to talk on an individual basis, 1 to 1 support can provide a safe confidential space to work through the difficult feelings and emotions that you are experiencing. You will be offered up to 6 sessions, to be arranged weekly or fortnightly.
There are three needs of the griever: To find the words for the loss, to say the words aloud and to know that the words have been heard.Victoria Alexander
Following your 6 sessions, you will be invited to join the monthly social morning for a cuppa and catch up. There is no agenda, it gives you a chance to keep in touch with the people you’ve met and also to meet new people, who are going through what you are.
We don’t want you to be lonely and we hope this morning will give you some comfort that you can speak to people who truly understand.
Making Sense Of Grief
Grief is a natural and a necessary process that you will experience after losing a loved one, you may feel many feelings and thoughts along the way from; Panic, Fear, Guilt, Shock, Denial, Sadness, Anger, Relief, Numbness, Abandonment.
All these feelings are a normal part of grieving.
Grief can be a little bit like a roller-coaster, there can be many up’s & down’s, twists & turns. It’s important to remember that you may encounter difficulties that may hinder or slow you down but you are still moving forward it just may feel slower at times. Over time things should feel a little calmer.
Be gentle with yourself and remember that it’s ok to slowdown, rest and take care of you.