Bereavement Support

Grief is a natural reaction when someone you care about dies. It can be a distressing time but, for many, the impact of someone’s death can often hit us harder than we thought it would. This often takes a while to emerge, as although we know that someone has died, believing it and actually processing that information can take a long time. When others may be returning back to their daily routine the numbness we have felt may be dispersing and the impact of the death may be hitting us and this is when we may need support.

Rosedale usually offer an eight week Bereavement Support Group, free to join and open to everyone no matter how long ago they were bereaved or which funeral directors they used. These groups run several times a year from all six market towns that Rosedale Funeral Home have offices. At present, in light of Covid-19, these groups are not running but we want to ensure that you are still able to access the support you need.

Everyone grieves differently and everyone’s grief is unique, sometimes it is easier to talk to someone outside of the family and this is why Rosedale Funeral Home has provided you with organisations to contact for support.  We are a member of the Society of Allied Independent Funeral Directors (SAIF) who are able to offer a bereavement care line.

By calling 0800 917 7224 you will be able to talk to someone who is friendly and supportive and is available to offer information, advice and a listening ear.  This is a completely free service and is available from Monday-Friday, 9am until 9pm.

In addition, you can contact GriefChat which was created by bereavement experts. GriefChat counsellors are experienced in supporting bereaved people and will listen to your story, explore how your grief is affecting you and help you to find any additional support you might need. GriefChat provides emotional support for bereaved people, access to trained bereavement counsellors and referral into other specialist bereavement services. GriefChat is a completely free service and is available Monday-Friday, 9 am until 9 pm or by email out of these hours.

Rosedale want to continue to offer, even in these difficult times the support so many people vitally need. Rosedale is a family run business ‘We believe it makes a difference’.

Bereavement Support Groups

We are pleased to announce that we are offering our usual Bereavement Support Groups online – via the Zoom platform.

This complementary 8 week course is open to all, no matter how long ago your bereavement or which Funeral Director has been used.

Due to the current situation, we are not permitted to meet in person, but understand there is a need for bereavement support to continue and we would not wish to leave anyone without the opportunity to access a group.

With this in mind we shall be starting our next online group on Tuesday 19th May 2020 – 10am through to 11.30am.

The group is open to those who reside in the Wymondham, Attleborough and Diss area, with the view that if during the 8 week course the restrictions are lifted, we would then be able to meet face to face and revert to meeting in person.

To register your interest please contact any of the branches (details below) to reserve your place.

Please allow time for your booking as there will be a registration form to be filled in prior to starting the course.

If you have any concerns about using the Zoom platform or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call either the Diss, Wymondham or Attleborough offices.

Rosedale Funeral Home, Yard House, High Street, Attleborough
01953 452538

Rosedale Funeral Home, Cross Keys House, 22 Hungate, Beccles
01502 714445

Rosedale Funeral Home, 12a Upper Olland Street, Bungay
01986 892790

Rosedale Funeral Home, 63 Victoria Road, Diss
01379 640810

Rosedale Funeral Home, Arcadia House, Market Place, Halesworth
01986 875588

Rosedale Funeral Home, 16 Middleton Street, Wymondham
01953 601103

Please take a look at our Useful Contacts page for further information.

Friendship Group (postponed until further notice)

The friendship group meets on a monthly basis, sometimes to carry out a bereavement activity over a meal, to hear a relevant guest speaker or sometimes to take part in a social activity.  Loneliness and isolation, often together with guilt and anger are key features of bereavement and a social activity around a key date such as Christmas with people who care and understand what you are going through can be extremely beneficial.  Activities that have been carried out include a wreath making workshop, assistance for single ladies with basic car maintenance and budgeting and shopping for meals for one.  A current project is to produce a recipe book entitled ‘Cooking For One.’  A range of bereavement resources are also made available including books, DVDs, memory boxes and bears.