Compassion for Grief and Bereavement
Support when you need it most
Death and dying is a subject area that many of us are reluctant to tackle, and often avoid. We want to encourage open conversations about the topic, and to equip people to feel more at ease and confident in discussing it.
We’re keen to see as many places and people as possible in the Rugby area become grief and bereavement aware – especially following all the many challenges of the pandemic year. We want people to know about the support available in the town, and to feel personally confident about the subject.
Access our Bereavement Point support groups
Bereavement Point groups are sessions offering a space to connect with other people in a bereavement situation. Any adult is welcome to attend, regardless of where they are in their grief experience, or when their bereavement occurred. This is a space where experiences can be shared openly without judgement or discomfort.
This group is run by a combination of paid staff from the Department of Spiritual Care, and trained volunteers.
We hold Bereavement Support meetings in St Andrew’s Church in Rugby for face-to-face support on Tuesdays at 14.00-15.30.
You don’t have to book in advance, simply come along.
We also have an online meeting via Zoom on Thursdays at 19.30-21.00, which can be accessed via Eventbrite here
Access a Compassionate Communities Befriender
Part of the work our volunteers do is to provide trained, confident companionship as a “caring neighbour” when someone is at the end of life, or is going through a bereavement.
Our volunteers can offer support over the phone or in person at a frequency and timing that suits the person being supported. Support can take the form of simple conversation and compassionate listening, or there may be practical actions that would be useful.
If this sounds like something that could be helpful, get in touch using the referral form below – simply fill out the form, and return it to us via email on the Contact Us page.
Access our Grief and Bereavement Awareness Training
It can be hard to know what to say and do around a grieving person, especially if death and dying is an uncomfortable area for you.
This course explores why our culture is the way it is, and invites participants into self-reflection activities that equip them as they support others. It explains what the grief experience can be like, and some insights into effectively supporting someone else in that situation.
Study at your own pace and preferred times to work through the 4 concise modules, and attend 4 Zoom workshops over the course that give a chance to talk with other learners and explore specific aspects of the subject.
If you’re interested, for yourself or for a group – like a workplace setting, reach out to us via the Contact Us form and we’ll get in touch with you..
This course is very much about the pastoral side of supporting someone, and it’s a solid introduction to the subject – it’s not going to make you into a bereavement counsellor, but it will help you feel more at ease in being a good neighbour.