Late Sept 2015

I had just been reflecting on the fact I felt there was a place for ongoing support for those who I meet who have been bereaved when I discovered that Age UK’s initiative Late Spring has  just got as far as Faringdon.    I really welcome this initiative from Age UK Oxfordshire.                                      


Late Spring is a network of support groups for anyone aged 60+ who has been bereaved. Sessions provide an opportunity to remember with others who understand and to remember that, in the midst of the pain, there is still life left to live.


We are not a counselling service, but an opportunity for people to meet with others in a warm, friendly, and supportive environment.


Over coffee and cake, together we look to the future without forgetting. Within the groups, we provide an opportunity for you to talk about and remember openly your loved one. These sessions occur in relaxed and friendly settings with others who understand about how being bereaved can make you feel, simply because they are 'feeling it too'.


The groups give you the opportunity to just be 'yourself' as we gently stroll together along the journey we all face following the death of a loved one.


When: The second and fourth Monday of each month, 10.30am - 12noon
Where: ‘Small Hall’, Faringdon United Church, Coxwell St, Faringdon, Oxfordshire SN7 7H
Contact: Joan Douglas 07827 235 453 for more information. www.ageuk.org.uk/oxfordshire/our-services/late-spring/


Whilst mentioning this I would also want to draw attention to Silverline.Silver Line is the only free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.  .  This phoneline set up some years ago by Esther Rantzen supplies support at any time when you are feeling lonely or low or simply want someone to chat to.  She realised that a lot of older people are coping with loneliness even if they have a family network because they may live far away or they are at a stage in life when there really is no-one close to them still alive.  A friend of mine volunteers for this service and says she feels she has made some new friends through the regular calls she has with those who use Silverline.  It is very reassuring to know that there is someone out there who wants to listen when we are feeling miserable or simply have not seen anyone or been out of the house for a while.

0800 4 708090 – calls are free.   www.thesilverline.org.uk