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Bereavement support

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The illness and death of someone you love can have a profound and lasting impact – at any age. We know that everyone responds to grief in their own way. Our specially trained team of bereavement volunteers offer vital support for families including young children and teenagers to help you through the stages of your grief. We offer one to one sessions or group support.

Bereavement support

Monthly bereavement group

Attend our informal coffee mornings to talk, listen and gain support with others going through a similar experience.


Second Monday of every month 11am – 12.30pm.

The Dovetail group

Join one of the groups for children, teenagers, and partners or guardians during our family bereavement evenings.


Second Tuesday of every month, 4.30pm – 6pm.

Walk and talk

Our new Walk and Talk gives you the chance to meet and share experiences with others who are bereaved and benefit from some fresh air and a leisurely walk.


I have been on two walks now and found everyone so friendly and so caring. Although I lost my husband over two years ago, it was because of a friend I came along to join them. I am so glad I have.


Walk and talkBushy Park Walk and Talk

First Thursday in the month, 11 am.

Meet at 10.45am near The Pheasantry Café in Bushy Park.

Richmond Walk and Talk.

Second Wednesday in the month, 11am.

Meet at 10.45am at Pembroke Lodge.


The groups will always meet unless the roads are too hazardous to drive. If the weather is bad the group may decide to call off the walk and go into the café for a chat.


Closed bereavement group

If you prefer small groups, we periodically run ‘closed’ groups. This is where (the same) six people meet for eight consecutive sessions. Joining a group of strangers may sound intimidating at first, but group members are almost always surprised by how rewarding the group experience can be. Regularly talking and listening to others can be really beneficial. Many people experience difficulties and you may feel like you are the only one struggling — but you’re not. It can be a relief to hear others discuss what they’re going through, and realise you’re not alone. People have different personalities and backgrounds, and they look at situations in different ways. By seeing how other people tackle problems and make positive changes, you can discover new ways to cope when facing your own concerns. Groups work best where there is open and honest communication between members. Group members will start out as strangers, but in a short amount of time, they may become a valuable and trusted source of support.


Thursdays, beginning 30 October 2014 until 18 December 2014

10.30am – 12pm


If you would be interested in joining a closed group please contact the Bereavement Service Administrator, Alison Glynne-Jones on 01372 461 842 or email


Contact the Bereavement Team

01372 461805.


I benefited from speaking with the team both before and after Andy’s death, and the bereavement group has been a tremendous support.



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