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Our Client Services Manager, Jacqueline Anderson, and Volunteer Counsellor Toni Byrne, talk about what you can expect from our Beechwood Bereavement Group.
The Beechwood Bereavement Group met for a few hours each week for 6 weeks after they’d completed their 1:1 counselling but felt they could benefit further in a facilitated group setting.
In this time, strong bonds were formed, tears shed, and experiences shared. People were at different stages and times in their bereavement journey, yet this seemed to strengthen the experience. It helped to be able to talk about the person they had lost, to name them and share memories.
Each week, the group shared their experiences and together we looked at a range of coping mechanisms and the importance of reaching out to others for support.
The tea breaks were the times we heard the most laughter- connecting with people outside own family and friends, created a space to relax, unwind and let some light in.
The group grew in confidence to share how they were feeling – opening themselves up to reflect on their needs and fears, learning to listen to their own bodies and put self-care as a priority.
“I value the time spent in the group – it has been a lifeline to me” – Member of the Beechwood Bereavement Group