In February 2014 we started hosting social events to bring people who have experienced loss together outside of our support group format. This was introduced in response to the need our attendees were sharing with us to meet people in more informal ways. We continue to run our social events and they vary from meeting for coffees, to beautiful city and country walks, to meeting for drinks at the end of the day.
The events are for anybody experiencing bereavement who would like to meet up with others who have experienced something similar. Although we are a cancer bereavement charity, the social events are inclusive for people who have experienced all types of loss, not just people who have lost loved ones to cancer. We have expanded our remit for the social gatherings as we get contacted by lots of people in need of support, and we couldn’t possibly turn people away in their time of need.
A few of our team members may be at the events to welcome you and answer any questions you have, but these events are essentially for and led by you. The space is there for attendees to use as they need. Maybe you just want to come along for a coffee and to be around others but not speak about bereavement – that is welcome too.
We have learned a lot about bereavement, and one thing we have learned above all others is that bereavement is a very personal experience; as much as some people may have similar experiences, how somebody responds and reacts is a personal thing. Often we do not choose to respond the way we do, it just happens.
Despite the similarities and differences between peoples’ experiences of bereavement, we have had repeated feedback from our members that meeting others who have experienced something similar is a very beneficial activity. So why not help yourself and come along to one of our social events? Click the button below to find out about next events.
Next social event
The format of the social gatherings may change over time based on your feedback – it is important to us that our services continuously evolve to meet your needs. They will also change according to the weather – if it is sunny we will aim to be outdoors.
If you have any suggestions please get in touch with us via our contact form below.