How it all started
Working as a Life Celebrant, I am acutely aware of how grief affects people.
But walking away after the funeral service was done, didn’t sit comfortably with me, and I kept in touch with those that wanted to, as a way of offering some kind of aftercare service.
Thankfully, the Funeral Directors that I work with, Valentine & Turner, are an amazing bunch of forward thinking individuals, and together we decided to start up The Bereavement Café.
The idea was to offer a completely free, drop in group, on a once a month basis, to those who were suffering with grief.
We got in touch with some fantastic bereavement counsellors, who offered to help us for free, and have now found a home for our café, at Orpington Village Hall. We meet once a month, on the last Thursday of the month, between 11.30am and 1.30pm.
The meeting can be a way of meeting other people in the same situation as you, or if you feel that 1 to 1 help from a qualified bereavement counsellor is what you need, then we are there for that too.
Since we started in November 2017, each month the meetings have grown, and we are starting to see that there is a real need for our group, within the community in Orpington.
We offer a place to come, where you can talk, listen or just be there. Grief is a heavy coat that is not a one-size fits all. We don’t claim to have all the answers, but we do offer to listen and care, that is sometimes, all that is required.