At some point in our lives, most of us will experience the devastating loss of a loved one. This is quite likely to be the biggest and most challenging change to your life.
Grieving is personal and individual, the circumstances around and leading to the death are different, and your reactions to it will be yours. But there are also some feelings we may well have in common with others and this became clear in our support groups where grieving people were able to share their feelings and struggles. They bravely shared and then managed to support each other and continue to do so. They have all felt the benefit of talking and sharing in a safe supported place with the reassurance that everybody there will understand and all are there for the same reasons.
As Christmas approaches we want to offer some reassurance to those in our communities who are grieving the loss of a loved one.
Our groups do not run over the festive period but will be open again in January so please do get in touch if you feel they could help you.
You can also find links to support at AtaLoss.org – the UK’s bereavement signposting website.
Contrary to some assumptions about grieving, these multiple and often complex feelings don’t follow a timeline or come in predictable stages. Some group participants have described their feelings like waves, some are small and you might ‘see them coming’ and learn to cope a bit better with them. Some are bigger and need different coping mechanisms, whereas some are huge and seem to come from nowhere and we are overwhelmed. Talking these things through with others certainly seems to help. You are not alone with these challenging times and others will understand you and have their own experiences to share.
We have been privileged to bring grieving people together and create a space where they can walk this incredibly difficult walk together with others also trying to find their way.
We recently had an independent evaluation completed of our highly valued HPCVS Bereavement Service.
If you would like to take a look at the findings please feel free to take a look by clicking the picture.