A regular 'Grief Kind Space' will be running each week at Bourne's Hereward Surgery to offer regular support for those who have experienced a loss. The Sue Ryder initiative, is a weekly session run by trained volunteers so bereaved people can drop in for a chat, company and advice.
The first session will take place tomorrow (27 April) at The Hereward practice between 10am and 12 noon and will run every subsequent Thursday.
Social Prescribing Link Worker, Lucy Lynch, said: 'The surgery already has initiatives to support bereaved patients and so when the opportunity came up to run a Grief Kind Space, this seemed the perfect venue. We have a transformed a room into a café area with soft chairs and furnishings, a community board and lots of tea and biscuits! The aim of the sessions is to provide a safe, informal and supportive place for adults who may need extra support or a regular place to go and, as I have a special interest in supporting bereaved people then I will pop in when I have a chance.'
Sue Ryder, who plans to open a Grief Kind space around each of their hospices and palliative care hubs, said: 'The sessions are welcoming, inclusive and open to anyone who is over 18 and has experienced a bereavement, whether you want to attend regularly to connect with others in similar situations or just drop in for a quick chat. Volunteers have received training and guidance to help attendees connect with each other and share their experiences of grief through peer-to-peer support.'