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Bereavement Support Groups

We are all affected by grief and loss at some point during our lives. Some people find it easier to cope with than others. We are all unique and our bereavement journey will be unique. A Bereavement Support Group offers you the opportunity to meet others who have experienced similar loss and challenges along their bereavement journey.

Our Bereavement Volunteers are trained specifically for working with clients who have experienced bereavement and are used to talking about it. This gives you an opportunity to talk about your bereavement journey openly and without feeling guilty. You can explore your thoughts and feelings in a confidential, safe and supportive environment.

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What is a Bereavement Support Group?

The group offers you a safe, confidential place to talk about your bereavement journey. It allows you meet others who have experienced bereavement and are experiencing similar challenges. There are also trained Bereavement Volunteers to provide additional support.

Are Bereavement Support Groups an instant cure?

It normally takes a few sessions for you to become aware of changes and improvements in your life. Sometimes it can be quite difficult at the beginning as you’re meeting new people but you can rest assured once you get to know other group members it becomes a very supportive environment.

Do Bereavement Support Groups work for everyone?

Different people will get different results from their group experience. Some people may find it difficult to express their feelings with people they don’t know and may benefit from one to one work with a Bereavement Volunteer. Other people welcome the opportunity of companionship and interaction with others.

How much does it cost?

Our Bereavement Support Groups are provided free of charge.

What type of group do you provide?

This is a Bereavement Support Group which will explore the many ways bereavement impacts on our lives. With the right support from family and friends people can cope with grief and loss of their loved one. Occasionally some people need a different type of support. This is where a group may help you as you have the opportunity to meet people in similar circumstances to yourself who are experiencing similar challenges along life’s way after the loss of a loved one.

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Is there a limit to the number of times we would meet?

Groups last for 10 weeks. It’s important that you attend all 10 sessions.

Who else will know?

Our Bereavement Volunteers work to the Code of Ethics and Practice of the BACP so you can be assured that confidentiality is of utmost importance to us. Only the other people in the group and who you choose to tell will know.

What can the Bereavement Support Group do for me?

  • Provides a safe and non-judgemental, confidential environment which ensures emotional and physical support.
  • Gives you a chance to meet others who have experienced similar loss and gain their support and understanding.
  • Gives you an opportunity to share your own story and hear other people’s stories. This may enable you to begin the healing process.
  • Some days of your grief journey may be very difficult to cope with. We will share coping skills to help you through these days.
  • Hope through support and understanding of people who get it and know what you’re going through first hand.
  • Keeping loved ones present in your heart and in your memories are important. This will be an opportunity to discover new traditions and ideas to help you do this.
  • Help increase your awareness and understanding of how children and other family members cope as they will react differently to loss.
  • Gives you permission to grieve and permission to live a happy productive life.


Bereavement Support Groups are held at various locations across Cumbria. Contact us to find out the next available group near you.

Next steps

All of our Bereavement Volunteers are approachable and welcoming. If you feel that a Bereavement Support Group may be for you then please contact us and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.


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