Independent charity, St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice, is launching a bereavement support group in Bourne.
The group will be led by specially trained St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice volunteers and will enable people in the local community to attend support groups and receive one to one confidential counselling at no cost.
The first meeting will take place on Thursday, March 5 at Cedars Care Home, Church Walk, Bourne, Lincolnshire PE10 9UQ.
The group will then meet there weekly.
Psychological Support and Counselling Manager for St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice, Mandy Irons, said: “Support for bereaved members of the community is much needed across Bourne and Stamford. Our group is open to anyone who has experienced bereavement due to illness, regardless of whether they have received care from the hospice
“The bereavement does not have to be recent, and quite often we find that people attend our groups many months and even years after a bereavement which they are struggling to come to terms with.”
People interested in attending the bereavement group, and professionals who may wish to refer into the service are encouraged to attend a coffee morning on Thursday, February 26 from 10am to midday at Cedars Care Home.
Members of staff and volunteers from St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice will be in attendance to answer questions about the group and their services.
Mandy said: “We understand that people may feel daunted about attending the group for the first time and we would like to reassure them that there are no expectations. The group will be relaxed and friendly and nobody is expected to speak-out until they feel ready to do so. The group will provide people with the opportunity to meet other bereaved people for mutual support and comfort.”
Anyone interested in attending the group should contact 01522 518 225.