Support for the bereaved

According to NHS Choices Bereavement affects people in different ways. There’s no right or wrong way to feel.

Bereavement counsellor Sarah Smith, who works at Trinity Hospice in London, says: “You might feel a lot of emotions at once, or feel you’re having a good day, then wake up and feel worse again.”

She mentions that talking and sharing feelings with someone can help – “Don’t go through this alone. For some people, relying on family and friends is the best way to cope.”

Sometimes this doesn’t work and a support group is another outlet for people to find a listening ear and friendly support.

The Loss Foundation, the UK’s only charity dedicated to providing bereavement support following the loss of a loved one to cancer, also recommends that talking helps. “It provides us with the opportunity to process and connect to our grief. We’re often told that an outstretched helping hand from a complete stranger who has been through something similar can provide immensely strong feelings of connection and support”.Support group 21 Feb 2018 blog

Living Well mentors, who are partners of Living Well Sefton, are running a Bereavement Support Group at the May Logan Centre, Knowsley Road, Bootle, from Wednesday, 21 February for five weeks. The group will meet between 10am and 11.30am.

It is a confidential group for those aged over 18 who have experienced the loss of a loved one, whether that is recent or not.

To book on please call our team on 0300 323 0181 or email: LWS@seftoncvs.org.uk

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