Loss can leave us feeling vulnerable and isolated, and so we would like to acknowledge the strength and bravery that it takes to come along to a bereavement support session, be it the first time, or the return after some time away.
For some, bereavement is a relatively new experience whereas for others, it is a familiarity they have known for some time. Everyone has had their own experiences with cancer and with the loss that it has caused, and we share many of these similarities and differences during our bereavement events. It can be very normalising to hear how others experience loss, learning that you are not alone in the events you witnessed and now try to process. However, grief is ultimately a personal journey – nobody can tell you what you should be feeling and when you should be feeling it.
Remember that no one emotion is more right or valid than another, but that understanding what you are feeling can be important in helping to identify what you may need at that particular time. That may be a need for comfort, or for solitude, to talk or to cry.
Across all of our support events we aim to provide you with the support you need when you need it, and amongst others who have experienced something similar.
You can find information on our next opportunities to come together on our calendar.
With warmth and kindness,
Dr Francine Bear