What to expect when you’re grieving
There are many different ways you may recognise you’re grieving. You may find yourself feeling angry one minute and completely lost the next. You may cry all the time or have not been able to – or wanted to – cry at all. You may be having trouble sleeping or just want to sleep all the time. There is no right or wrong to how you experience grief, it is unique to you but talking to someone can help. You might find the factsheet below helpful.
As a funded project, I have also established a free peer-led bereavement support group in Bedford.
The group is called More than Words Bedford, and is a “tea and talk” session where local people (aged 18+) come together to support one another after bereavement. Whether you are recently bereaved or some time ago, you will be made to feel welcome.
The group is held on the first Thursday of every month, it’s free so booking is essential as spaces are limited. You can arrive anytime between 10am and 11am, with the the group closing at 11.30am. Free refreshments are provided.
What to expect
When you arrive you’ll be given a warm welcome and offered refreshments which are provided free of charge. You’ll be given some brief information about the purpose of the group, including some basic ground rules to make sure everyone feels comfortable with what they share. There are no formal introductions, and you can join in the conversation if and when you’re ready – think of it like a community café where bereaved people can talk and share. You can pop in for a cuppa anytime between 10am and 11am to say hello. Places are limited (due to space) so booking is essential.
Got a question? Get in touch. You can also express your interest using the form below.
This is an informal gathering of people who have been bereaved who want to meet others who can share their experiences in a safe and confidential environment.
If you are worried about how you’re coping right now, please speak to your doctor first and / or contact the Samaritans on 116 123 who are available 24/7.
Who runs this?
The support group is funded by a national charity, through a project called More than Words. Events are facilitated by me, Delphi Ellis.
I started my therapeutic career providing bereavement support and working particularly with those bereaved by murder and suicide. This included supporting clients through the inquest process and attending coroners court. As well as offering private counselling for bereaved people, I have also volunteered with the National Homicide Service.
How much does it cost?
The bereavement support group is free of charge to attend, and refreshments are included. The groups have been funded by a national charity for 12 months.
If you want to find out more about the More than Words project click here.
There are charities in Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes who offer free listening services for the bereaved, which you may wish to explore. These include organisations:
Chums (for children)
SOBS (for those bereaved by suicide)
National Homicide Service (Bereaved Families affected by Homicide)
I offer a paid-for 1-1 talking therapy service for people who are hoping to get their sparkle back after a difficult period in their life. Private and corporate clients welcome. To find out about training on bereavement awareness click here.