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St Clare Hospice helps people share experiences of grief and loss with launch of latest Bereavement Café

St Clare Hospice is launching its latest virtual 'bereavement café' on Thursday (Feb 25).

The Hastingwood charity set up the cafés in February 2019 as a way to bring grieving people together to support one another. The project started in the form of face-to-face events and has continued online throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

The newest, virtual café session will take place every Thursday evening, 7pm to 8pm, via Zoom.

St Clare Hospice launches virtual bereavement cafe(44515989)
St Clare Hospice launches virtual bereavement cafe(44515989)

There are now five such cafés running virtually, along with six bereavement café Facebook groups, meaning that around 200 people are accessing this social support programme each week.

Sushma Dhami, manager of the hospice’s patient and family support services, said: “Bereavement is never easy, but during the pandemic navigating grief and loss has become all the more difficult.

"We know that Covid has increased suffering and grief within our community; people are finding that they cannot rely on their usual routines and that the face-to-face comfort and support of family and friends is disrupted due to social distancing.

"This is why we are striving to provide ever more advice and support around death and dying, and diversifying our services to help people connect with others and share their experiences of grief and loss."

The virtual bereavement cafés run on Tuesdays (10.30am-11.30am), Wednesdays (7pm-8pm) and Thursdays (11am-12noon and 7pm-8pm). There is a session specifically for young people on the last Sunday of each month (7pm-8pm).

Find out about how to attend a bereavement café here: stclarehospice.org.uk/your-community/bereavement-cafe/.

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