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Free bereavement support, groups and courses

Bennetts Funeral Directors recognise that bereavement support services are needed for the bereaved in our community.
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Dr. Bill Webster and bereavement support Grief Journey courses

In partnership with the renowned grief counsellor and author Dr Bill Webster, Bennetts Funeral Directors are pleased to offer free Bereavement Grief Journey Courses which are of great benefit to all those who choose to participate. Dr Bill Webster has combined his own experience of loss with a vast knowledge of bereavement counselling and a unique sense of humour which has enabled him to effectively communicate his message in the form of facilitator courses that Bennetts Funeral Directors have sponsored to offer others the benefit of these six-week structured group courses. We have access to his literature to reinforce the training which we give, he will continue to train and support us in the future, and we will have a section of our website dedicated to the Grief Journey.

Grief Journey Courses

Anthropologist Margaret Mead wrote “When someone is born, we rejoice. When someone is married, we celebrate. But when someone dies, we pretend that nothing has happened”

Grief and loss have been part of life from the beginning of time. Yet our modern society is one where death is rarely acknowledged. When someone finds themself unavoidably confronted with a loss and is struggling with their feelings of grief it can be one of the most difficult experiences they will have to deal with. At the time when they most need the support of family and friends, they are sometimes greeted with avoidance.

Grief Journey is a six-week structured course for anyone coping with a loss, who would like some guidance and help on their very own personal grief journey.

Grief is a uniquely personal experience and validating the significance of grief and the difficult process someone is going through is the greatest gift that anyone can give someone who is suffering from a loss.

Dr. Bill Webster has trained those who will facilitate the courses,

What to expect in our 6 week Grief Journey

Week 1 Session 1 Every Life Tells a Story: Meet Dr. Bill Webster

Week 2  Session 2 Understanding Grief and Session 3  Coping with Emotions

Week 3 Session 4 A Whole New World: The Challenges of Grief When the World Changes and Session 5  Always on my Mind: Memories, Special Days and Grief Triggers

Week 4 Session 6 Coping with Guilt, Anger and Blame

Week 5 Session 7 Coping with Loneliness and Other Adjustments

Week 6 Session 8  Rebuilding your Life after Loss and Optional Session 9 (Extra Session)  Grief and Faith, Hope, and Meaning – followed by refreshments.

The above may be subject to amendment in the running order of the sessions.

Should you wish us to attend our programme,  please call and speak to Lisa, Bridget or Jane on 01277 627492.

If you know someone who would benefit from this, and we understand how difficult it is for someone to admit and acknowledge their issues following a loss, but may need some assistance in coping, please speak with them about our Grief Journey or please suggest they call us on 01277 210104.

At each of the groups, we will give you a small pack which will include the booklet ‘Now What?’ written by Dr. Bill Webster, should anyone wish to have one of these or another of Dr. Bill Webster’s books ‘Why Me?’ about facing an uncertain future please do contact us about collecting one or having one posted out to you.

Effective grief work is not done alone.

We cannot emphasise enough how good Dr. Bill Webster is and would encourage anyone who would like to understand more about how to help the bereaved or is struggling to come to terms with the death of a loved one, to attend one of these free courses. You can also find a wealth of practical help and information, on The Grief Journey Portal.

To secure your place on our next Bereavement Grief Journey Course please contact Lisa, Bridget, or Jane on 01277 210104 or 07894 698288 or email Lisa@bennettsfunerals.co.uk or jane@bennettsfunerals.co.uk.

If you are struggling and need support and would like to talk to someone please call us on 01277 210104 or visit our Useful Contacts Page to find information on the many organisations offering bereavement support services.

We are here to help.