Bereavement and Aftercare Support

The death of a family member or friend can be one of the most traumatic experiences in anyone’s life and many people find it hard to come to terms with such a loss. Whilst most people find the strength to cope with the bereavement immediately following a death, it is after the funeral when life is supposed to return to normal that many experience the natural effects of grief. Coping with bereavement is often a solitary process, frequently faced without the aid of family or professional help.

Free Support Groups

We believe it’s important to support our clients in time of need and have run for over 10 years a number of free support groups.

The aim however of our Bereavement & Aftercare Support Groups is to provide a free support service not just to our clients, but to ANY bereaved person, irrespective of their age, creed, religion and length of bereavement. The group does not provide counselling but merely a venue where the bereaved can meet regularily over a cup of tea, coffee and biscuit and talk to others who are in similar situations and who know exactly what you are going through.

The meetings are held during the day and last for a few hours and are run in conjunction with our own team and a number volunteers often from the groups, people who have found reassurance and have since wanted to give up their own time to help others.

Attending a meeting for the first time can be daunting however we take great care in making the first few visits as comfortable as possible. You will be welcomed by our teams who are merely there to listen and offer their support. Sometimes it helps just to talk to someone. Sometimes it helps just to know that they are there.

Please feel free to join one of our friendly, informal bereavement support group meetings. All of our groups are attended by people who understand exactly what you are going through, making you feel more at ease to talk.

Freephone: 0800 0284808


Bereavement & Aftercare Support Group
(Next to Trinity Methodist Hall)
Rainsford Road, Chelmsford, Essex
(opposite County Hotel)
1st, 2nd & 4th Thursday of the month
10.30am - 12.30pm


Bereavement & Aftercare Support Group
The Green, Writtle, Essex
1st Thursday of the month 2pm - 4pm


Bereavement & Aftercare Support Group
London Road, Braintree, Essex
Every Tuesday
1.30pm - 3.30pm

Ingatestone & Fryerning

Bereavement & Aftercare Support Group
Stock Lane, Ingatestone, Essex
1st Tuesday of the month 10am - 12pm