New Dorking Bereavement Group to launch

A partnership between The Brigitte Trust and St Catherine’s Hospice.

DBG_Flyer_1A new group providing support for Dorking residents coming to terms with the loss of a loved one is to launch.

From 5 May every first, third and fifth Tuesday of the month, between 1pm and 3pm, people from Dorking and the surrounding areas are invited to drop in to The Living Room at Dorking United Reformed Church to meet other people in a similar situation to chat and share experiences over tea and coffee. This non-religious group, which is free to attend, offers people ways to help cope following bereavement and the chance to meet people who understand what they are going through.

The sessions are the result of a partnership between end of life care provider, St Catherine’s Hospice and The Brigitte Trust, which provides emotional and practical help at home when life-threatening illness is diagnosed. The sessions will be run by staff and volunteers, all of whom have been trained by the specialist staff at St Catherine’s and The Brigitte Trust.

Annette Phillips, Bereavement Services Co-ordinator at St Catherine’s Hospice, said: “We already help family, friends and loved ones of patients who have died whilst under the care of the hospice but this project enables us to widen our support throughout the community. We also hope to encourage people who are perhaps finding it difficult to socialise following their bereavement, to do so within a safe environment”.

Jane Bellingham, Service and Development Manager at The Brigitte Trust said: “Bereavement can be overwhelming and we encourage anyone who has been affected to join us here in Dorking”.
For further information please contact Annette Phillips at St Catherine’s Hospice on 01293 447343. Or simply drop in to the group.