Bereavement Support Group
at Putneymead Group Medical Practice
Where: Online / Telephone
Day & Time: Wednesday 2:30 – 4:00pm
What are bereavement support groups?
Support groups are a way of bringing people together in a safe space to share common life experiences. The group provide a forum for participants to communicate in a mutual understanding of shared challenges and problems. The strength of support group lies in the connections and understandings that come from shared narratives. Bereavement support group provide ongoing help to participants in various ways, including:
- normalising the grief journey
- listening and sharing personal experiences
- creating social networks and reducing feelings of isolation
- discovering personal strengths and building resilience
- providing relevant information.
Who can join?
This group is suitable for anyone who has suffered the death of a loved one, whether that loved one be a child, a young person, parent, sibling, a close relative, friend, neighbour, or work colleague.
What is the format of the group?
This group is taking format of a closed group, in which the group runs for a set number of weeks with the same participants present every week. Groups will usually consist of up to a maximum of 18 people who meet together regularly to talk about their experiences. Experienced facilitator will be present to assist the group. The group is non-religious and non-denominational.
Group size: up to 18 participants
- We know from talking to people who have been bereaved that no one experiences grief in the same way. Whatever you are feeling, try to remember that it is normal and there are people who can support you if you need it
- Each person’s grief is unique. While you may share some commonalities in your experiences, no two of you are exactly alike. Please respect and accept both what you have in common with others and what is unique to each of you.
- Grief is not a disease, and no “quick-fix” exists for what you are feeling. Don’t set a specific timetable for how long it should take you or others to heal.
- Feel free to talk about your grief. If, however, someone in the group decides to listen without sharing, please respect his or her preference.
- There is a difference between actively listening to what another person is saying and expressing your own grief. Make every effort not to interrupt when someone else is speaking.
- Thoughts, feelings and experiences shared in this group will stay in this group. Respect others’ right to confidentiality. Do not use names of fellow participants in discussions outside the group.
- Allow each person equal time to express himself or herself so a few people don’t monopolize the group’s time.
- Attend each group meeting and be on time. If you decide to leave the group before this series is complete, be willing to discuss your decision with the group.
- Avoid “advice giving” unless it is specifically requested by a group member. If advice is not solicited, don’t give it. If a group member poses a question, share ideas that helped you if you experienced a similar situation. Remember that this group is for support, not therapy.
- Recognize that thoughts and feelings are neither right nor wrong. Enter into the thoughts and feelings of other group members without trying to change them.
- Promote an atmosphere of willing, invited sharing. If you feel pressured to talk but don’t want to, say so. Your right to quiet contemplation will be respected by the group.
Thank you for being respectful and kind to each other
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