Being there, listening, reflecting, focusing and building rapport are all an essential part of effective counselling.

Although the lockdown means we can’t physically be in the same room, we can still offer support in other ways. Our team of bereavement counsellors are continuing to provide counselling to clients. By quickly getting to grips with remote working and managing new boundaries we are working hard to maintain this important service and contact for people who are feeling increasingly isolated and alone during this time. 

Sara Mathews, Head of Bereavement Counselling explains; “Dealing with grief is tough at any time. Add social distancing, fear and uncertainty and the need for support is greater now than ever.” “We are also anticipating a big increase in the need for more bereavement counselling in the future. We know that many people presently dealing with bereavement may not have been able to be near their loved ones at end of life. This may lead to some complex and painful challenges for people as they try to deal with their feelings. We are working hard to do what we can do now and be ready to meet the needs of the community we serve in the future.” 

Simon who husband Lawrence died in early March has been receiving virtual support from Mandy, one of our accredited counsellors. Simon said; “It’s early days for me and I am just starting to process what’s happened. Having the weekly session is helping me understand my feelings and process what’s happening. I’m alone at home and whilst family and friends are doing their best to stay in touch, my grief is raw and hits without notice. Knowing that I have that contact in an open, safe environment to discuss my feelings is a huge support”. 

If you, or someone you know is struggling to cope with a loss call: 01642 811060.

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