Help in dealing with grief
Bereavement can be a terribly distressing event and it affects each of us in different ways. There are no rules about how long each phase of grief should last and everyone’s experience is unique to them. Don’t be too harsh on yourself and take one day at a time.
Some of the emotions you may feel could surprise you and confusion in your thoughts and feelings are commonplace. Accepting help often allows others to share some of the burdens you are facing and may help them to feel ‘useful’ by doing practical things that you may struggle with. It is quite natural to feel sadness but you may also find that it is still possible to smile and even laugh – that’s fine too.
There are a number of bereavement counselling and support groups available to go to should you feel you need help. Below is a list of various groups both local and national, but if you’d like to talk to us about the most appropriate one for you, please call us on 0121 476 9111.
MORTONS MONDAY CLUB
The Mortons Monday Club, meets regularly on the first Monday of every month (except bank holidays when the Club will meet on the second Monday).
TEL: 0121 476 9111
Offering bereavement support to all the families of children who they have cared for.
Tel: 0121 248 4850
Bereavement support after stillbirth and neonatal death.
Helpline: 07709 425001
CARRS LANE COUNSELLING
Church based, voluntary, low cost, face-to-face bereavement counselling service for over 18s.
Tel: 0121 643 6363
CRUSE BEREAVEMENT CARE
Offers national and local face-to-face, telephone, email and website bereavement support.
National helpline: 0844 477 9400
Local Tel: 0121 687 8010
CRY – CARDIAC RISK IN THE YOUNG
Offers bereavement support for those who have suffered a young, sudden cardiac related death.
Tel: 01737 363222
Offers bereavement support for anyone affected by the death of a child; or children affected by the death of a parent or primary carer.
Tel: 0121 454 1705
SOLIHULL BEREAVEMENT COUNSELLING SERVICE
Offering bereavement counselling for those who live and work in Solihull.
Tel: 0121 424 5103
BEYOND THE HORIZON
Based in Hall Green, Birmingham – Offering bereavement support for children and their families.
Tel: 0121 430 7529
ST. MARY’S HOSPICE
Offering bereavement counselling to anyone registered with the Hospice – this includes family members of anyone they have cared for in some way, even if your loved one did not pass away in the Hospice itself.
Tel: 0121 472 1191
SURVIVORS OF BEREAVEMENT BY SUICIDE (previously known as SOBS)
A self-help organisation offering bereavement support to those bereaved by suicide, with local support groups throughout the UK.
Helpline 0844 561 6855
THE COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS
A national charity for bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents.
Helpline 0845 123 2304