Bereavement Support

Bereavement Support

Meet Alison

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.


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

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.

Hope Group

This group is for people bereaved of adult loved ones.

Angel Group

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

Butterflies Group

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.

When someone you love becomes a memory
that memory becomes a treasure

Social Mornings

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.

Information That May Help Following Your Bereavement

Grief is a natural reaction to loss. There is no right or wrong way to grieve and we need to be gentle with ourselves as it can feel very exhausting.

We live in a society where people crave instant quick fixes but grief can never fit into that context. Love is not a commodity to be dispensed with instantaneously. As much as we have loved a person, we may suffer the same depth of pain, loss and anguish.

Talking with others about our experiences can help to alleviate isolation and normalise these feelings.

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.