Tel: 0208 896 2800 E-mail: bereftbereavementsupport@hotmail.co.uk

About Bereft

Bereft Bereavement Support was set up in 1999 to fill the need for specialist bereavement counselling
and support for the adult residents (the over 16s) of the London Borough of Ealing.

- We are a small, local voluntary organisation and a registered charity (no. 1077140)
- We are dependent on donations together with grant support from London Borough of Ealing and the NHS
- We have 3 paid, part-time staff in the office
- We are not affiliated to any religious organisation

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About Our Counsellors

All our counsellors are volunteers, and are trained in counselling skills and bereavement issues. They are either qualified or
nearing completion of their training (usually Diploma, BA or MA).

Many receive ongoing, extensive training to develop their skills and attend regular clinical supervision to ensure that they are working to the highest possible standards, and for support. Often they are registered with a professional organisation and all are working to established codes of practice.

How Can We Help?

The death of someone close is a major event which is likely to affect all of us at some point in our life.

Coping with the normal responses of grief can be very difficult. Everyone reacts differently. You may
have feelings of loneliness and isolation, experience anger, fear or guilt as well as helplessness and/or physical aches and pains. It can be overwhelming. You may even think that you are “going mad” (more about
bereavement on next page).

Whilst friends and relatives may be around for support, they may avoid talking about painful feelings or
feel after a while you “should be over it by now”.

This may the time when talking to a bereavement counsellor could help you.

“My counsellor was excellent. She made me feel safe to grieve at my own pace”

(former client)

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