LivingGrief Sessions

LivingGrief Let's talk about grief
LivingGrief Sessions – let’s talk about grief

Talking to others who are going through similar experiences of bereavement can be enormously beneficial.

LivingGrief Sessions provide online group support via Zoom for 1 hour 15 minutes, facilitated by members of St Elizabeth Hospice’s emotional and spiritual wellbeing team.

We are offering these sessions to anyone who is experiencing bereavement over the age of 18 in East Suffolk.

We are working hard to be able to offer this service to neighbouring areas in the near future.

You do not need to be a hospice service user to access LivingGrief Sessions.

Emma's LivingGrief Session experience:

“Taking place online, LivingGrief Sessions gave me the chance to meet others living through similar experiences to me, which was so helpful in making me feel I wasn’t alone, while I also heard from counsellors explaining how the different stages of grief can feel and that everyone’s emotions are different.

“Hearing people talk openly about grief made it feel relatable to me and it was comforting to know I wasn’t alone in what I was experiencing. One lady, Jo, put her number in the chat box saying if anyone wanted to talk to her then they could.

“After the session finished, I dropped Jo a line and we found we had so much in common, even living only streets a part, and we have become good friends, bonding over dog walking and supporting each other through our grief. We often laugh and joke that our mums have brought us together."

Read more on Emma's experience by clicking here.

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Emma Howells (right) accessed LivingGrief support after her mother Jill (left) passed away.

“Speaking to others has been so valuable.”

"It was nice to talk in smaller groups."

“I enjoyed speaking openly.”

"Great to hear other people’s stories."

The purpose of the LivingGrief Sessions is to:

  • Give you some information about what you might expect to experience in bereavement
  • Think about how you can best support yourself, especially during the coronavirus pandemic
  • Chat with other bereaved people in small groups
  • Signpost you to bereavement support service information
  • Give you the opportunity to arrange an appointment to talk things through with one of our trained counsellors if needed

By joining the one-off session you may:

  • Better understand what to expect in bereavement
  • Explore what may help you cope with bereavement
  • Connect with others
  • Know where to find bereavement service information

You only need to attend one session, but you can always attend again if you wish.

The last session was in September 2021. We hope to offer more dates in the near future. Keep an eye on this page and on our social media for the next group of sessions.

When booking:

If you are having difficulty registering, call us on 0300 303 5196 (Mon-Fri 9am-4pm) and we can register you over the phone.

We have a limited number of tablet devices available to borrow for those without a device or access to Wi-Fi. Please get in contact with the team if you need technical support.

If you have specific queries on LivingGrief Sessions, please contact the LivingGrief team on:

“Well thought out and beneficial for only one hour.”

“Very informative, clear and concise.”

“Sharing experiences made me feel less alone.”

“It was good to connect with other people who are also grieving.”

LivingGrief Sessions have been funded by HospiceUK
LivingGrief - Part of St Elizabeth Hospice

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