If you have experienced the death (bereavement) of a loved one – whether a human or animal, you may find that you are able to come to terms with the death on your own. You may also be supported by family and friends. In either case, and for whatever reason, sometimes any one of us may feel the need for other means of support.
There are many independent counsellors offering bereavement support, and there are also many agencies offering support for bereavement, as well as many other life issues. The Samaritans maintains a comprehensive list of these agencies called ‘Other sources of help‘, which can be a useful starting point when in need of support. I have listed the contact details for the Samaritans, as well as Cruse (support specifically for the bereavement of a human being), and Blue Cross (support specifically for the bereavement of an animal), below.
If you require urgent support, the Samaritans provides a 24 hour – day and night, every day of the year, telephone, email and face to face support service. They can be contacted on:
- tel: 116 123 – for an immediate response
- email: email@example.com
- website: Samaritans – contact us now
- Exeter branch: Samaritans of Exeter, Mid & East Devon, 10 Richmond Road, Exeter, Devon, EX4 4JA, T: 01392 411711
There are many agencies who offer counselling support, for example:
For support after the death of a person, Cruse Bereavement Care offers free face to face support sessions.
For support after the death of a pet, the Blue Cross offers free telephone and email support.
You may also find it helpful to visit your GP to see what help or advice they can offer. They may also have details of other local agencies that they can suggest you contact for support.
In a counselling session, with myself, or any other qualified and experienced counsellor, specifically focused on a bereavement, you can do any number of things in a session. It is a good idea to check with your chosen counsellor how they work, and how the sessions might be run with them.
With me, if you wish to talk, then you can talk. If you wish to sit in silence – for some or all of the time, we can do that. If you wish to use some of the things listed on my ‘Just talking‘ page, such as mood cards, symbols, pen and paper – then we can do that. It’s up to you.
It is also worth noting that whilst the reason for holding the session with me may be to focus on bereavement, life issues can be very inter-related, and it is quite feasible in a counselling session that other issues may be brought to the foreground, such as a relationship break-up, or house move, as this can all feed into how you may be feeling about a bereavement.
If you would like to book an appointment, or contact me for further information, you can text me on 07952 230199, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Angela Fletcher Bereavement Counselling