Bereavement Support

Sometimes it is very difficult to cope with the feelings arising after a death. The time just after a funeral can be particularly challenging as everything and most people around you settle back into ‘normal’ life while your world has turned upside down.

Grieving is a perfectly natural process and can take many different forms.  With the right support from family, work colleagues and friends we can emerge from it and start to enjoy our lives again without ever forgetting the person who has died.

You may struggle to cope with the depth of your grief and the intensity of your feelings. Meeting in a support group with others who have been bereaved can help you to acknowledge what is happening and believe that you can begin to heal and rebuild your life.

Bereavement support

Shrivenham Bereavement Group

The group runs twice a year, weekly for 6 weeks, in the vestry at St Andrew’s Church, Shrivenham. The next group starts on Tuesday 25th September at 10.45 till 12.30. It is facilitated by Rose-Anne O’Hare (bereavement counsellor and former NHS therapist) and Norma Fergusson (assistant vicar and hospice worker).  The group is not only aimed at those with any kind of religious belief.

Goals of the Group:

  • To let you know you are not alone.
  • To support you and give you some tools to cope.
  • You may feel you are odd/going crazy/ acting weirdly/ being embarrassing ……. But you have been through something terrible and grief is a frightening, highly individual and unpredictable journey without a map or rules. Everyone reacts in their own way. We aim to help you realise that whatever you feel is just part of finding your own path to restoring and rebuilding your life.
  • To help you discover hope in the future and that things will change.

You can contact us to discuss the group or book a place –

Rose-Anne  01793784017  roseanne.o@outlook.com

Norma  01793710055  rev.n.fergusson@btinternet.com

Bereavement support

Professional Support

Sometimes the nature of the death or our personal circumstances makes recovering very difficult to manage without professional support.

At times like this a counsellor/therapist can also be a very useful step.  You can sometimes get a referral for support through your GP. Sometimes people decide to seek private sessions. The counsellors named below are all known to us, local and very experienced.

Rose-Anne O'Hare – Grief Counselling Services
roseanne.o@outlook.com  Tel: 01793 784017

Eastrop Counselling Care Swindon
www.psychotherapyswindon.co.uk  
Sheila Pregnall  Tel 01793 766863

Unicorn Child Therapy Services
www.unicornchildtherapyservices.co.uk
Tel: 01793 762939 ;
Helen Redington: hc.redington@googlemail.com
Susan Turner: susankiloranturner@googlemail.com  Tel: 07800 602655

Three local county-based charities working with bereaved children and young people

SeeSaw - Grief support for children and young people in Oxfordshire  
www.seesaw.org.uk
Email: info@seesaw.org.uk   
Phone: 01865 744768  

Treehouse Wiltshire Bereavement support for children and young people in Wiltshire www.treehousewiltshire.org.uk
Email: admin@wiltshiretreehouse.org.uk 
Phone: 0800 02 888 40

Winston’s Wish Supporting Bereaved Children and their families
www.winstonswish.org 
Email:  ask@winstonswish.org
Phone: 08088 020 021

Bereavement support

"I was very touched at the amount of trouble that you all took to make it such a memorable and touching ceremony so that we could think of our loved ones with dignity.  The whole thing was really quite beautiful.  I can’t thank you enough for all the work that you have put in and continue to do.”