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Happy Birthday to Dorking bereavement group

A local bereavement group, jointly run by St Catherine’s Hospice and The Brigitte Trust, is celebrating a year of providing support to local residents coming to terms with the loss of a loved one.

The bereavement group, which runs at The Living Room at Dorking United Reformed Church every first, third and fifth Tuesday of the month, between 1pm and 3pm, invites people from Dorking and the surrounding areas to drop in to meet others also experiencing a bereavement.

The non-religious group, which is free to attend, is run by staff and volunteers, who have been trained by the specialist staff at St Catherine’s and The Brigitte Trust. The drop in group offers people the opportunity to talk to each other or, if they prefer, one to one with a trained helper over tea and biscuits. The support group helps people feel less alone by giving them the chance to benefit from peer to peer advice, share issues they have experienced since they have been bereaved and find out how other group members have learnt to cope.

As well as helping people to move forward, the group provides information on other local organisations who can help with bereavement and provides inspiration for different types of social activities locally. Additionally, members are given the chance to help shape the direction of the group by providing regular feedback. This helps St Catherine’s and The Brigitte Trust make sure the group continues to provide the local community with the most appropriate help and support.

The Dorking bereavement group is open to everyone, regardless of whether they have had someone cared for by St Catherine’s or received help from The Brigitte Trust. It enables the wider Dorking community to benefit from St Catherine’s specialised knowledge and support as part of the hospice’s mission to reach more people affected by death and dying locally.

Annette Phillips, Bereavement Services Co-ordinator at St Catherine’s, said: “Nobody should have to feel alone, and we’re here to provide you with help and support. We also hope that people who are perhaps finding it difficult to socialise following their bereavement, will feel encouraged to come along and do so within a safe environment. No matter who you are, you’ll be made to feel welcome so please do drop into see us.”

For further information please contact Annette Phillips at St Catherine’s Hospice on 01293 447343 or annettephillips@stch.org.uk. Or simply turn up to the group at the Dorking United Reformed Church on the first, third and fifth Tuesday of the month, between 1pm and 3pm.

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