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Bereavement Centre counsellors LtoR Janet Quintavalle Ingrid McAllister_-Derry Gary OrchardA monthly group is starting in Lake on the Isle of Wight to offer individuals who have been bereaved the opportunity to meet others in a similar situation, in an informal and friendly setting.

The ‘Coffee, care and cake’ group has been established by The Bereavement Centre and will run on the 2nd Thursday of every month (from 12th March) at The Southern Co-operative Funeralcare branch at 1 The Fairway in Lake from 10:30 to noon.

Bereavement Centre Manager and Counsellor Ingrid McAllister-Derry explained:

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“Bereavement can be a very lonely journey, even if you have people all around you. Not everyone wants a support group or to go out and about when they’re grieving the loss of a loved one, so we’ve introduced our coffee, care and cake group. The group is deliberately informal; it brings people together who are in a similar situation and who understand what you may also be going through. It is intended to be relaxed and comfortable but with the opportunity to talk to a counsellor over coffee and cake or arrange a separate counselling appointment if this would help.

“Joining the group can be the first steps to socialising again but in a safe and unthreatening way.”

The coffee, care and cake groups are open to everyone in the community and are free to attend. To come along or to find out more, call 07834 529696 or email [email protected].

The Bereavement Centre, which is part of The Southern Co-operative, offers free individual and group counselling as well as educational workshops as part of its support for communities across southern England.

Photographed: Bereavement Centre Manager and counsellor Ingrid McAllister Derry (centre) with fellow counsellors Gary Orchard and Janet Quintavalle

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