You don’t need to be alone with your grief.
The Bereavement Help Points Project is a new initiative for the Beth Johnson Foundation (BJF), developed in partnership with St Giles Hospice in Lichfield and funded by the National Lottery Community Fund.
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic the UK Government introduced explicit rules around the rituals of death and dying. If a loved one was hospitalised with Covid-19, no visitors were allowed at the bedside, and people were often only able to communicate with their loved ones via telephones, computer technology, or through glass, even up to the point of death, and regardless of age. Funerals would only accommodate up to 10 mourners, and no commemorative social gatherings were allowed.
While such sanctions were necessary to limit the spread of Covid 19 they have had a potentially significant and lasting impact on those who have experienced bereavement. This has affected people of all ages but particularly older people who are more likely to have lost someone close within their age group, may have limited social contacts generally, and may have been subject to more restrictive social distancing or shielding due to their age and/or health needs.
Bereavement Help Points offer support to people age 50+ living in Stoke-on-Trent / North Staffordshire who have experienced bereavement, either during or prior to the Covid 19 period.
Share emotional support, talk about your experiences, access useful information.
Our online groups provide information on coping with both the practical and emotional aspects of the death of a relative or friend; a chance to chat to trained volunteers and to others in a similar situation.
Help Points are community based groups developed on the basis of peer support. Although volunteers are trained in bereavement and loss support, they are not trained counsellors and we will signpost anyone needing counselling to local organisations who can offer qualified support.
The BJF Healthy Generations Project will support anyone wishing to attend the Bereavement Help Point online meetings in how to use technology to enable them join in.
Our trained volunteers will welcome you and support you to join our online meetings safely from your own home.
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.
We look forward to welcoming you to a BHP group soon.
For more information and meeting dates please contact:
firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 07507 408372 / 07770 016978
Bereavement Help Points Video Introduction - play below or click here to play in YouTube - https://youtu.be/oDph8FOrD2E