Bereavement Support Group

'For my personal problem I found the group sessions really helpful, as it widened my outlook and confirmed that I was not the only one'

When Someone Has Died

When someone has lost a loved one, trying to cope with the pain and loss alone can be difficult. People can be left feeling sad, lonely, helpless, confused, even angry. We provide help and support for people who have been bereaved, with the opportunity to meet others who have been in similar situations.

What we offer

The Bereavement Support Group meets at Sunderland Counselling Services offices, 51 John Street, Sunderland, SR1 1QN. The group runs for six weekly sessions at the same time each week. We offer the group on different days and times of the week so that those who can’t get to one particular time are always able to get to a group without waiting too long.  The group is facilitated by experienced bereavement support workers. Each group has a maximum of eight members so it always feels small enough to be supportive. In each of the six weeks we cover a different aspect of the bereavement process. We also cover tips and techniques for dealing with those different aspects of loss that have been shown to be helpful for bereaved people.

If you feel that this might be of help to you, please call us on 0191 514 7007 for more information and we can tell you when the next groups are running. We ask everyone who wants to come on the group to have a meeting with a trained and qualified counsellor to assess their needs accurately and to make sure they are guided to the best service for themselves including the Bereavement Support Group, counselling or other types of support.

You will find informative and skilled bereavement support workers running the group. Group members tell us that being with others who have experienced a bereavement is supportive and helps members to cope with their grief.

One of the group members has said, “When my wife died of cancer it left me devastated. I didn’t think I could go on. Sunderland Counselling Service helped me a great deal – I found it very valuable to meet with other people in the same situation as me, with the same sadness, the same loneliness and the same anger as me. SCS has given me back my smile. It has given me a reason to live again.”