A BIT MORE ABOUT COUNSELLING
The foreword to my Valley Journal book was very kindly written by Joanne Speed, the CEO of The Dove Service, a charity working here in the West Midlands, providing counselling and specifically, support for the bereaved. Or as they say on their website: “Offering counselling and support to those struggling with the impact of bereavement, significant loss, or life changing/limiting illness.”
I was a beneficiary of their support for a long time after I lost Catherine. I can’t quite describe how helpful it was to have a safe, confidential space to share my deepest thoughts and concerns. It wasn’t always easy but it was a part of my journey. I think I realised just how much it helped when I lost my brother and mother in quick succession, as I wrote about recently. Thanks to the help I had received earlier, I was better equipped to deal with these latest bereavements. Thank you, Dove Service!
I was fortunate, Not everyone who is bereaved has the opportunity to receive counselling, and not everyone finds it helpful. There are many variables–your own situation, your counsellor, how much time has passed, etc., etc., and there’s no guarantee it will help. But if you’re reading this as a bereaved person and if you’re struggling, it might be something you’d want to consider.
If you’re here in the UK and looking for counselling support, here are few links.
The Dove Service serves Stoke-on-Trent and the surrounding area.
Cruse Bereavement Care is a national charity who also provide counselling
If you’re desperate and need to unburden, the Samaritans are there 24/7 on 08457 90 90 90 (As they say on their website, you don’t have to be suicidal to call up to talk with them.)
If your grief is difficult to manage, I’d also recommend talking with your GP, as counselling support can also be available on the NHS.
Of course, having family members and friends whom you can talk with is invaluable, but sometimes it helps to talk with someone outside your own circle… and sometimes your friends/family aren’t available to you.
PS. Anyone in the West Midlands who is looking for a good charity to support, please consider the Dove Service!