Something we've wanted to do for a long time is create a supportive social setting for those who have lost their loved ones. This gives them the opportunity to connect with people who may be in very similar situations.  

Isolation and loneliness is often compounded by the loss of a loved one as sometimes friends and family change how they behave around those who have been bereaved. By creating our new bereavement evening group we’re creating an open space to talk about your loved ones with people who will understand your feelings and frustrations, without judgement.  

Meeting new people when you’ve lost someone close to you can also be difficult, if you’ve always gone somewhere together then going alone can seem quite daunting. Our evening group aims to help people regain confidence, meet new people and give themselves permission to  have some funwhilst feeling supported and understood in their grief. 

The group is held on the first Wednesday of each month between 19:00 and 21:00 at Martlets Hospice.  

 The group will host a range of activities such as speakers, quizzes, entertainment and seasonally themed events. It also includes tea, coffee and cakes in the second half of the evening and an opportunity for people to share and talk with each other.  

Members of the bereavement team will be available for every meeting and the event itself is led by myself and Anne Clay, PFST administrator and Bereavement Service Volunteers. 

Our very first group is being held on Wednesday 5 April 2017 and is open to those whose loved one died either at the Hospice or in the community having received care and support from the Hospice Team.

If you'd like to hear more about this group please get in touch with the Bereavement Team via email: bereavement@martlets.org.uk or phone: 01273 273400