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

Rosedale Funeral Home offer Bereavement Support Groups, which are free to attend and open to all, regardless of what funeral director you have used. Our groups are covid-secure and, as they are a support group, they are allowed within the tier two restrictions coming into place on 2nd December 2020.

Only the Diss and Wymondham Funeral Homes can facilitate these groups, but please register your interest with any of our other homes and we will be able to notify you once a venue has been secured.

The bereavement group is an eight-week course, based on the Grief Journey programme, devised by Dr Bill Webster.

During the course we look at the many facets of grief and explore the emotions involved, whilst looking at the effect this is having and exploring ways in which to cope as the grieving process is being addressed.

We understand that no one persons grief is worse than the next and that there is no right or wrong way to grieve. The group offers a safe space for open and honest sharing, which is all part of the healing process.

There are 3 courses offered during the year – starting in January, April and September. On completion of the 8 weeks, attendees are welcome to join our Follow On Group, which meets on a monthly basis, thus enabling a continuation of support, even after the course is complete.

We also have social events during the year, which include a Walk of Remembrance and also a Christmas Service of Remembrance, although this year these have been slightly disrupted.

Over the years we have found that people attending the Rosedale Bereavement Groups feel very supported, at what is one of the most difficult times of their lives and many great friendships are made as a result of attending.

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.