‘Understanding Bereavement’ Welcome Sessions
We run these sessions every 4-6 weeks in either Cheltenham or GLoucester. These are roughly 90 minutes long and are open to all who ring in to our office for support. You are welcome to bring a friend/relative with you. We give an informal talk about the very natural effects of bereavement and participants find it very helpful to meet and talk with others going through bereavement. We also highlight other services which may be useful to you. We then ask you to phone us within 2 weeks to let us know what you would like to do.
We offer support over the telephone for those not able to attend one of our offices; usually weekly calls over a couple of months.
This group is facilitated by two fully trained Bereavement Volunteers and provides support, social contact and social activities for the bereaved. They also assist in fund-raising for the local branch. The group generally is attended by 15-20 people and meets almost every Tuesday in our Cheltenham office.
Time Limited Support Groups (6-8weeks)
These small groups (maximum 10 people) are held in Cheltenham or Gloucester at different times through the year. Participants share experiences and gain support from others going through a significant bereavement. The groups are always facilitated by 2 fully trained Bereavement Volunteers and provide a safe, non-judgemental space in which to talk freely and with appropriate support.
Confidential one-to-one support
Our One-to-one Bereavement Support Volunteers are carefully selected and trained and are familiar with the distress and problems you face. They will listen carefully to you, support you and help you move forward. Sessions can take place at one of our offices or in your own home if you are unable to travel.
Information about bereavement
Please visit the national Cruse website www.cruse.org.uk. Contact our local office for more specific queries, or queries regarding local services.
Advice on dealing with practical problems
that arise through bereavement
Workshops, lectures and training courses
in bereavement awareness for counsellors, people in the caring professions, members of professional organisations, churches and anyone interested in learning more about loss and bereavement
For Young People
We are unable to support young people within groups or for one-to-one, however please be advised of our national helpline number and website link listed below.
• Freephone National Helpline: 0808 808 1677
• We also have a website for 12-18 year olds: www. hopeagain.org.uk
We are staffed entirely by volunteers, but rely on donations to carry on with our work. Nobody who needs help is turned away for financial reasons. However, we are a charity and our costs are considerable.
We therefore ask our clients to contribute what they can afford.