Bereavement Support

“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

G. Seller’s own Bereavement Counsellor can provide a range of Bereavement Support services to any of the next of kin and other members of the families within our care. Support is there if you need it, without any pressure or obligation.

Making Sense of Grief

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 to naturally unfold. Bereavement Support can be one way to help to heal your loss.

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, which bereavement support can help with.

Grief can be a little bit like a roller-coaster, there can be many ups & downs, 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 slow down, rest and take care of you.

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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 6 sessions. The venue and date information will be given to you at your initial meeting with us.

Hope Group

A group for people bereaved of adult loved ones.

Angel Group

A group for parents, grandparents and the wider family who have so tragically lost a baby or young child.

Butterflies Group

A group for children bereaved of loved ones.

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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.

It’s important to know that everyone grieves differently, by giving yourself this 1-1 space to work through your own process can support your grief and also knowing that your words are being truly heard can help. 

Creating a time to stop and talk about your loved one can not only be supportive but allows you to gently process some of your feelings, this is an important part of grieving.

You will be offered up to 6 sessions, to be arranged weekly or fortnightly.

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Coffee Mornings

Following your 6 sessions, you will be invited to join the monthly social Coffee Mornings 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 also using the Bereavement Support Services. 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.

We are mindful how lonely and isolating grieving can feel, so we hope our coffee morning provides you with a space to connect with others, maybe create new friendships or just see some friendly faces. You are invited to stay for the whole session or just pop in for quick drink, the choice is completely yours.

The morning is held in a local community centre and is a warm and welcoming space.

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Meet Alison

Alison is a qualified counsellor and oversees Bereavement Support by G. Seller Funeral Directors. 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

Alison is available Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
Tel: 01455 637 457

Email: [email protected]

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Bereavement Support Contact

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Please note: Alison is usually in the office Tues-Thurs and will respond as soon as she is able.