Based on the feedback of our users, we introduced monthly social gatherings in February 2014 to bring people who have experienced something similar together outside of our support groups. The social gatherings 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 all types of bereavement, 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 it is against our ethos to turn people away in their time of need.
The social gatherings are informal and vary from month to month. We host coffee mornings, museum trips, book clubs, walks in the park, and more. A few of our team members are at the social events to chat with and support people, and are always happy to answer any questions you may have. 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.