We understand that if you are bereaved, you may be feeling very isolated in your grief, even if you are lucky enough to be surrounded by family and friends. You may feel that others do not understand how you are feeling or that you do not want to 'burden' them with your thoughts and feelings. For these reasons many people find it much easier to talk to someone that they do not know. We can offer you one to one support.
Walsall Bereavement Support Service also offers group support for anyone who is affected by a death by suicide.
Although attitudes are changing slowly, unfortunately the stigma attached to suicide is still present in our society. As a result not only do those affected by the persons' suicide experience all the emotions usually associated with loss but also they may experience a feeling of being judged or feel that others believe they have failed in some way. It may also be that the person who has died is judged too, perhaps as cowardly or selfish. This can lead to isolation for those left behind as they feel that they are completely alone in their grief with no opportunity to speak of their loved one.
In addition to the above, when a person's death appears to have involved an element of personal choice, there are other questions and doubts that arise for those affected by the death.
Our support group is affiliated to the national charity 'Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide' (National Helpline - 0300 111 5065 www.uksobs.org) and as such the aim of our support group is the same as theirs...
'...to provide a safe, confidential environment in which bereaved people can share their experiences and feelings, so giving and gaining support from each other…'
Generally our group meets on the first Wednesday of every month and the group runs from 7.00pm – 9.00pm. However, very occasionally these dates may be subject to change. Therefore if you are thinking of attending the group we would advise that you check with our office beforehand to confirm the date of the next meeting.