Coping with bereavement can be shattering and will affect all of us at some point in our lives. We know that everyone experiences grief differently and that how they do is determined by many different factors eg our age and personality, our cultural background and religious beliefs, our previous experiences of bereavement, our circumstances, our relationship with that person and how we cope with loss etc. Facing the loss of someone special is difficult and can be painful. After a person has died there are many changes and adjustments to be made by those left behind. The person, or family, that has been bereaved will often need time, space, practical and emotional support as the weeks and months progress.
Here in Oxfordshire we offer:
• A Bereavement Support Guide
• A network of Bereavement Support Groups
'How to Help: A Bereavement Support Guide'
The simple truth is that we will all find ourselves in conversations with people where the topic of bereavement may be raised and often when we least expect it. It is really important that we know how to respond. This guide has been created to help you feel more confident to know what to say when talking with a person who has been bereaved and to know what support exists here in Oxfordshire. We hope that this simple guide will offer some advice on what to say and what not to say. Give you a brief overview of what the person you may be talking to will be going through as well as the confidence to know what support exists in Oxfordshire that you can signpost on to and link the person you are talking to up with. You will also find links at the bottom of this page to other useful websites.
In addition it also reminds all of us, talking with a person who has been bereaved, to look after ourselves too. Remember that grief ‘belongs’ to the person that has been bereaved. Do not be tempted to absorb their pain and sorrow rather remember that you have the opportunity to offer a listening ear and a warm heart to a person who is grieving.
Late Spring Bereavement Support Groups
We are not a counselling service, but offer an opportunity for people to meet with others in a warm, friendly, and supportive environment.
Each group aims to meet twice a month for a couple of hours in a local venue. 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 are facilitated by a member of our community team and 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.
Finding your local group
Below we have listed each support group that we have running throughout Oxfordshire. If you are planning to join one of the groups for the first time, or if you would like more information regarding any of the groups listed below, please call our office on 01235 849 434.
All are welcome.
When: The second and fourth Thursday of each month, 2pm - 3.30pm
Where: 178 Oxford Road, Abingdon, OX14 2AE
When: The 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month, 10am -11.30am
Where: Wesley Room, Marlborough Road Methodist Church, OX16 5DB
When: The 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month, 2pm -3.30pm
Where: Community Room at Waitrose & Partners, Southam Road, Banbury, OX16 2FW
When: The first and third Tuesday of every month, 10am - 11.30am
Where: Meeting Room 2, Emmanuel Church, 1st Floor (lift available), 2 Barberry Place, Bure Park, Bicester, OX26 3HA
When: The first and third Wednesday of every month, 10.30am – 12pm
Where: Blackbird Leys Community Centre, Blackbird Leys Rd, Oxford OX4 6HW
When: The first and third Thursday of each month, 11am-12.30pm
Where: Gauntlett Room at Warwick Hall & Cafe, Church Green, Burford, OX18 4RY
When: The first and third Wednesday of each month, 1pm-2.30pm
Where: Carterton Library, 6 Alvescot Rd, Carterton OX18 3JH
When: The second and fourth Friday of each month, 10.00am - 11.30am
Where: Front Room, Highlands, 73 Burford Road, Chipping Norton, OX7 5EE
When: On the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month from 2pm to 3.30pm
Where: All Saints Youth and Community Hall, Roman Place, Didcot OX11 7ER
When: The second and fourth Monday of each month, 10am-11.30am
Where: Old Town Hall, Market Place, Faringdon, SN7 7JA
When: The first and third Monday of each month, 10am - 11.30am
Where: Meeting Room at Grove Methodist Church, Main Street, Grove, OX12 7JY
When: The second and fourth Thursdays, 2pm – 3.30pm
Where: Headington Methodist Church Hall, New High Street, OX3 7AQ
When: The second and fourth Tuesday of the month, 2pm – 3.30pm
Where: Community Centre and Baptist Church, 55 – 57 Market Place, Henley-on-Thames
When: The first and third Thursday of the month from 2pm-3.30pm
Where: Kidlington Methodist Church, Oxford Road, OX5 2BP
When: The second and forthTuesday of each month, 10.30am - 12.00noon
Where: Wychwood Library, 29 High Street, OX7 6LD
When: The first and third Tuesday of the month from 2pm-3.30pm
Where: FISH Volunteer Centre, Springhill, Kennylands Road, Sonning Common, RG49NT
When: The second and fourth Friday of each month, 10am – 11.30am
Where: St John the Baptist Church, Abingdon Road, Kingston Bagpuize, OX13 5AY
When: The second and fourth Thursday of the month from 1.30pm-3pm
Where: Tackley Methodist Chapel, Lower Hades Rd, Tackley OX5 3BE
When: The second and fourth Wednesday of each month, 10.30am – 12pm
Where: Thame Girl Guide Headquarters OX9 2EP
When: The first and third Wednesday of the month from 2pm-3.30pm
Where: Meeting Room at Wheatley United Reform Church, High Street, Wheatley, Oxford OX33 1UE
When: The second and fourth Thursday of each month, 10am - 11.30pm
Where: The Wesley Room, High Street Methodist Church, Witney, OX28 6HG