Bereavement Help Points are free social groups open to people aged 50+ living in Stoke-on-Trent or North Staffordshire. Talking openly to others who have experienced bereavement can help reduce feelings of isolation which is particularly important while we are living with the restrictions in place to protect against Coronavirus. To maintain safety, our groups are currently meeting online. You can join in from a computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone or you can dial in using your telephone.
Our groups give people affected by bereavment an opportunity to meet and support each other. We are also able to offer one to one telephone befriending for those who are not ready to join a group.
Grief has no time limit
When someone close dies we may grieve for them for a very long time. Even when we think we have finished with grieving something may remind us of our loss and bring back feelings of grief. We recognise that grief has no time limit and we welcome people to our groups regardless of how long ago the bereavment took place.
Your life after bereavement
Everything can seem more difficult following a bereavment. Many people find that bereavment is not something they get over, it is something they learn to live with. Talking with others affected by bereavment can provide support to build a life around your loss.
Many people who have been bereaved during the Covid-19 pandemic have suffered more due to the restrictions in place, such as not being allowed to visit loved ones in hospital, not being with them at their end of life, being limited when arranging funerals and having to grieve in isolation.
Experiencing a bereavement during the pandemic has affected people of all ages but particularly older people who are more likely to have lost someone close within their age group. They may have limited social contacts generally and may themselves have been subject to more restrictive social distancing or shielding due to their age or health needs.
Additionally, some people have found that the isolation and anxiety linked to the pandemic has heightened their grief from a past bereavement.
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The Bereavement Help Points Project uses a social model developed by St Giles Hospice in Lichfield and is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund.
The groups create a social space for people to support each other from the comfort and safety of their own home. Trained staff and volunteers will welcome people joining the groups and can provide any support needed to access our meetings online or by dialling in with a telephone.
Bereavement Help Points are community based groups developed on the basis of peer support. Volunteers are trained to provide bereavement support but we are not a counselling service. We will signpost anyone needing counselling to local organisations who can offer this support.
We are always keen to hear from volunteers who would like to help with this project, please use the contact details below or follow this link to our Volunteer Page
email@example.com Tel: 07507 408372 / 07770 016978
Bereavement Help Points Video Introduction - play below or click here to play in YouTube - https://youtu.be/oDph8FOrD2E