Bereavement Support Groups

The death of someone you love is one of life’s most difficult experiences.  The bereaved may struggle with many intense and frightening emotions, often feel isolated and alone in their grief and may sometimes need guidance through the grieving process.

There are no rules or a set timetable for grieving.  People are very different and deal with the grieving process in very different ways and often at very different times.  For some people, the process does not even begin for months or even years following the death of their loved one.

There is no right or wrong way to grieve.  Grief does not always unfold in the way we normally expect it.  It can be an emotional rollercoaster with unpredictable highs and lows.  Everyone grieves differently and feelings of guilt, anger, despair and fear are common.

Rosedale runs Bereavement Support Groups for those who have been bereaved, no matter how long ago the death occurred.

The groups are small in number, they are held at intervals throughout the year and are overseen by a qualified facilitator, supported by a member of Rosedale staff.

We discuss many issues and concerns common to bereaved people, including:

  • What to make of the anger and guilt experienced in grief
  • How to manage birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas and other special occasions
  • How to deal with the unfair expectations of other people
  • Where to look for people you can trust to help you
  • Where to go for additional support if you need it

The groups normally run for eight weeks and are completely free of charge.

The dates and venues for the upcoming Bereavement Support Groups are:

  • Attleborough: Rosedale Funeral Home – Tuesday 7th January 2020, 10.oo – 11.30am
  • Beccles: The Friend’s Meeting House – Thursday 6th February 2020, 5.30 – 7.00pm
  • Bungay: Rosedale Funeral Home – Monday 3rd February 2020, 5.45 – 7.15pm
  • Diss: Rosedale Funeral Home – Tuesday 7th January 2020, 5.30 – 7.00pm
  • Halesworth: The Stable Room – Thursday 6th February 2020, 2.00 – 3.30pm
  • Wymondham: Town Green Centre- Tuesday 5th May 2020, 10.00 – 11.30am

If you would like to join the group but are unsure, we can arrange for someone to meet you outside and enter with you. If you’d like to talk things over with one of the group facilitators before joining, please let us know.

Please also see our bereavement support group leaflet for more information or contact one our branches:

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

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.