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Bereavement support at the Carers Support Centre

The death of the person you care for can be a devastating and difficult time. You may experience powerful emotions or feel a sense of numbness, isolation or despair. There is no time limit to your grief and there is no right or wrong way to feel.

We are here for former carers and carers dealing with grief and loss. Former carers are welcome to use the majority of our services, including our advice drop-in and Carers Cafe.

We produce a factsheet for former carers which you may find helpful: When the Person You Care For Dies.

We also offer Learning from Loss, a programme of bereavement support groups for carers and former carers struggling to cope with their grief.

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Learning from Loss groups

Based on a programme developed by St Christopher’s Hospice, our Learning from Loss groups help bereaved carers and former carers explore their emotions, and discover ways of coping and finding strength.

Groups are open to any current or former carer of a Croydon resident who has experienced a bereavement at least four to six months prior to starting our sessions. A carer looks after a relative, friend or neighbour who needs support due to illness, disability or old age.

Learning from Loss support groups are facilitated by Tanya Ftizgerald, a qualified and British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) registered counsellor.

The groups must be booked in advance. This helps each group remain a safe and confidential space.

Sessions run in seven week blocks on a Friday, 10.30am-12noon at the Carers Support Centre (first floor), 24 George Street, Croydon CR0 1PB. Please note that there is no step-free access to the room. If you have accessibility needs, please let us know.

Get bereavement support

Our bereavement support groups must be booked in advance. The next sessions start in May and September.

When you get in touch, Tanya will arrange a 1-1 appointment with you to talk through your bereavement, the support you need and what we can offer. You can then decide whether Learning from Loss is right for you at this time.

To join a group or for more information, call Tanya on 020 8649 6280 or email tanyafitzgerald@carersinfo.org.uk.

Other sources of bereavement advice and support

Groups in Croydon

Christ Church Purley Bereavement Support Group
020 8660 2337 / 020 8651 3335
Support group for people who have been bereaved (open to everyone regardless of faith).

Cruse Bereavement Care Croydon
020 8916 0855 (24-hour answer phone)
www.crusecroydon.org.uk
Information, support and social groups for people who have been bereaved. Free one-to-one counselling in people’s homes.

Rowland Brothers Bereavement Support Group
020 8660 5547
christine@rowlandbrothers.com
Bereavement support group run by Rowland Brothers Funeral Directors. The support group is free and open to all regardless of the funeral director that carried out the funeral. They can also offer one-to-one counselling if appropriate.

St Christopher’s Candle Child Bereavement Service
020 8768 4533
www.stchristophers.org.uk
One-to-one and group counselling for children and young people aged up to 18 in South East London who have been bereaved. Offers an advice service for parents.

Woodside Bereavement Service - The Listening Ear
020 3256 2009
www.thelisteningear.org.uk
Free counselling for anyone (child or adult) who has been bereaved, including pre-bereavement counselling for people with a life-limiting condition and their carers.

National support

Bereavement UK
support@bereavement.co.uk
www.bereavement.co.uk
Hub of information and support for people who have experienced bereavement.

Child Bereavement UK
0800 0288 840
www.childbereavementuk.org
Provides information and a telephone helpline for families who have experienced the death of a child or young person up to the age of 25.

Samaritans
116 123
www.samaritans.org
24-hour listening line for anyone who wants to talk.

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