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Bereavement Café will offer support for those coping with loss

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Bereavement Café will offer support for those coping with loss

A charity’s support for those experiencing the loss of loved ones is being brought into Stowlangtoft.

A weekly drop-in session for those coping with bereavement, run by the Hospice, is set to start in Stowlangtoft Hall, Kiln Lane, Stowlangtoft, on Thursday, 5 March.

Running from 10am to midday, the Bereavement Café will continue every Thursday and be a space where people can talk about the pain of loss and find courage and strength in knowing they are not alone.

The session will be the third of its kind and is being well supported by Stowlangtoft Hall who are hoping it will become a valuable resource for the whole community, not just their residents.

Home manager, Sally Chilvers, said: “It has been a real ambition of mine to use our beautiful care home at Stowlangtoft Hall to provide a safe and comforting place for people to come and talk to others who can share their experience of grief.

“We are delighted to be able to support St Nicholas Hospice Care with the weekly café, which we think will be a valuable community resource and will also help families of our own residents at a difficult time.

“We look forward to opening our doors in March and providing a warm welcome every week to everyone who is in need of someone to listen.”

The drop-in is not designed to be a counselling session; it will be a supportive environment for reflection and conversation and a place where people will be able to find mutual support and encouragement.

Hospice staff and volunteers who will be able to offer further advice and guidance will oversee all sessions. There will also be information and sign-posting to other support and services.

St Nicholas Hospice Care family support practitioner Bianca Neumann-May, who leads the project, said: “It is exciting to be extending the reach of our bereavement cafés to Stowlangtoft, and we are pleased to be working with the care home who are so supportive of the aims of this project.

“The experiences people have with grief really are unique, everyone’s loss is different and the ways people cope with bereavement are not the same.

“Our Bereavement Cafés are places where people who have had similar experiences can meet and share their stories. Some people prefer to talk, while others just want to listen.

“People who haven’t felt part of a community or have been feeling isolation following their bereavement can find and make new connections here – a safe space, where people can find comfort though knowing they are not alone.”