Grief after bereavement or loss
Most people experience grief when they lose something or someone important to them. If these feelings are affecting your life, there are things you can try that may help.
Support is also available if you're finding it hard to cope with stress, anxiety or depression.
Greater Essex Bereavement Support
Many people in Essex, Southend and Thurrock will sadly experience bereavement, grief and loss during the corona virus pandemic. Measures to reduce the spread of Covid-19 may increase the emotional impact of losing somebody, whether as a result of the virus or not. Bereaved people may feel more isolated and cut off from support networks.
It is important that family, friends and communities seeking support at this time are able to talk to somebody they trust who will listen, empathise and point them to professional advice where necessary.
There are many online sources of trusted information and support in relation to bereavement and a number of these can be found by following the link below.
For those that require more structured support we suggest you contact your GP but the link below also includes details of the Hospices across Greater Essex who provide clinical bereavement support. The Hospice teams will talk to you about your bereavement and help to identify the right source of support.
Circle adult bereavement support is a community service for any bereaved adult resident in the mid-Essex area. It is a service based within Farleigh Hospice.
The service offers bereavement support, mostly undertaken by a team of trained and experienced volunteers. After an initial assessment, support can be by telephone or face-to-face on a regular basis and is arranged at a mutually convenient time.
Yo-Yo is a community service for children and young people aged 4 to 18. The service is partly funded by Children in Need.
During the Pandemic Face to Face groups have been suspended but Farleigh Hospice have adapted there services and are still offering support
Farleigh Hospice also holds two monthly support groups. The support groups are friendly, supportive spaces where you have an opportunity to meet with others in a similar situation. These are held at the hospice and take place at the following times:
Second Monday of the month – 10:30 to 12:00 noon in Chelmsford
Third Monday of the month – 10:30 to 12:00 noon in Maldon
For some, counselling is needed and this is undertaken either by Farleigh Hospice’s team of Student Counsellors (who have completed the in-house Bereavement training), qualified Volunteer Counsellors or by the two professional counsellors who work for the service. Farleigh Hospice will assess your needs and allocate you to the appropriate counsellor.
Farleigh Hospice welcome referrals from individuals and healthcare professionals from 6 weeks after bereavement.
If you would like further information on any of the services, please contact Farleigh Hospice:
Farleigh Hospice Bereavement Support
Telephone: 01245 457300
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
Drop in group for anyone bereaved
We offer a relaxed and friendly environment where you can
meet new people, share experiences, access help and support,
while enjoying a chat over a cup of tea or coffee.
Come along and join us!
Date: 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month
Time: 10am to 12 noon
Location: Sweet Pea Café, 74 Springfield Road, Chelmsford, CM2 6JY
Date: 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month
Time: 10:15am to 12 noon
Location: Suzies Gift and Tea Shop, 106 High Street Maldon CM9 5ET
Date: 3rd Thursday of each month
Time: 10:30am to 12 noon
Location: Hudson’s Coffee, Danbury Mission, 54 Maldon Road,
Danbury, CM3 4QL
Date: 1st and 3rd Friday of each month
Time: 10am to 12noon
Location: Brambles Restaurant (within Quadrant),
9-15 George Yard, Rayne Road, Braintree, CM7 2QA
Date: 1st and 3rd Monday of each month
Time: 10am to 12noon
Location: The Tea Rooms, 46 Newland Street,
Witham, CM8 2AR