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Adult Education Course


 Mentoring and Befriending Support: A Helping Hand When You Need It

Are you feeling lonely or struggling with a loss or bereavement? Mentoring and befriending support could be just what you need. Our program provides one-on-one support to help you navigate life's challenges, with a focus on improving your overall well-being.

Our mentors and befrienders are carefully selected and trained to offer compassionate, non-judgmental support. We understand that everyone's situation is unique, so we take a personalized approach to each relationship. Whether you are looking for someone to talk to, someone to help you set goals and achieve them, or simply someone to accompany you on a walk or outing, we are here to help. Our program is open to people of all ages and backgrounds. One of the areas we can help with include:

Social isolation: If you're feeling alone or disconnected from others, our befrienders can provide companionship and emotional support. Our program is completely confidential and free of charge. We believe that everyone deserves access to support and companionship, regardless of their financial circumstances. If you're interested in learning more about our program or would like to sign up for support, don't hesitate to contact us:

Mondays to Fridays, 10 am - 6 pm

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Finding Hope in Community: Safe Spaces for Grieving Individuals

At Grief Matters UK, we understand how challenging it can be to cope with the loss of a loved one. That's why we provide a safe and supportive space for individuals who are grieving to come together, share their experiences, and find support.

Our workshops and seminars are designed to bring together bereaved individuals and families, providing them with the opportunity to learn from one another, share their stories, and empower themselves with a better understanding of how to cope with grief and loss. 

Our programs offer clarity and guidance and can help individuals release stress and find comfort in a community of like-minded people.

If you or someone you know is struggling with grief, we encourage you to reach out to us today. Our programs are open to all and we are here to provide a safe space for you to heal and find hope.

Venue: Sherwood Methodist Church
Devon Drive


Important Steps To Take Following The Death Of A Loved One

We can assist you with some general information about the tasks you may need to complete. However, please note that the specific requirements and procedures may vary depending on your location and circumstances. It may be helpful to consult with a local attorney or a licensed professional who specializes in these matters. Dealing with paperwork and legal tasks after the passing of a loved one can be overwhelming, and it is completely understandable to need assistance during this time. Here are some tasks you may need to complete:

  • Obtain a death certificate: You will need to obtain a death certificate from the local government agency responsible for recording vital statistics. The funeral home or cremation provider may be able to help you obtain this certificate.

  • Notify government agencies and financial institutions: You may need to notify various government agencies, such as the Social Security Administration, and financial institutions, such as banks and insurance companies, of your loved one's passing. You may need to provide a copy of the death certificate and other relevant documents.
    Handle insurance claims: You may need to file insurance claims for life insurance, health insurance, or other types of insurance policies. The insurance company may require you to provide a copy of the death certificate and other relevant documents.

  • Update legal documents: You may need to update legal documents, such as wills, trusts, and power of attorney documents, to reflect the passing of your loved one. You may need to consult with an attorney to determine what steps are necessary. 
    Handle tax matters: Depending on your situation, you may need to file a final income tax return for your loved one and handle any estate tax matters. You may need to consult with an accountant or tax professional to determine what steps are necessary.

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How To Avoid Family Conflicts  When There Is A Loss Of Any Kind

When people experience loss, conflicts can arise due to differences in coping mechanisms, emotions, and expectations. Here are some effective strategies for resolving family conflicts and preventing feuds during times of loss:
Acknowledge and validate emotions: Encourage family members to express their emotions and validate their feelings. This can help prevent misunderstandings and resentments from building up.
Communicate openly and respectfully: Encourage family members to communicate in a calm and respectful manner. Encourage active listening to understand each other's perspectives.
Avoid blame and judgment: Avoid blaming or judging family members for their reactions or coping mechanisms. Instead, try to be understanding and supportive.
Find common ground: Look for areas of agreement and build upon them. This can help establish a foundation for resolving the conflict.
Seek outside help: Consider seeking help from a neutral third party, such as a grief counsellor or mediator. They can help facilitate communication and find common ground.

Practice self-care: Encourage family members to take care of themselves physically, mentally, and emotionally. This can help reduce stress and prevent conflicts from escalating.
Allow for differences: Recognize that everyone copes with loss differently and allow for individual differences in grieving processes. This can help prevent conflicts from arising due to unrealistic expectations.
Practice forgiveness: Letting go of grudges and forgiving past wrongs can help heal relationships and prevent future conflicts.
Be patient: Resolving conflicts during times of loss can take time. Encourage patience and understanding as family members work through their emotions and find ways to move forward.

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