2013 - Why GP’S should provide support for the counselling health and well-being developmental service provided by The Drop In Bereavement Centre.

The bereaved community are a forgotten sector of society and those who have suffered bereavement needs to be supported by accessing the mix of proven complementary, traditional and modern remedies. A proper mix can help create a powerful healing force in the world. It is important to have good balance and harmony following loss which can affect an individual’s physical and mental state of mind bearing in mind that no two people respond the same way to the death of a loved one. Lack of ongoing support increases the chances of individuals encountering psychological and mental problems later on in life.   

Grief is an individual's personal experience of loss; it includes physical symptoms as well as emotional and spiritual reactions to the loss. While public expressions of mourning are usually time-limited, grief is a process that takes most people several months or years to work through. Whilst working through this pace, support is needed to enable individuals to recognize and make change according to each individual’s needs.

The majority of individuals choose to participate in support groups, especially those recently bereaved searching for answers, searching for an identity with someone else on the same journey; hospices provide follow up programs for the extension of individual’s relatives for those loved ones who have died in a hospice. Such access is very few and far between but for the overall majority little support and knowledge of where to access such support is less forthcoming from within the Borough they reside in particularly on reoccurring anniversary, birthdays,memorial dates, common but painful occasions which affect daily living and coping.

The Drop in Bereavement Centre would like to bring awareness to GP’s and associated organisations of it’s Health and Well Being Workshops, to generate a working partnership in carrying out its Community obligations, making free accessibility to beneficiaries over 50’s/60’s, the unemployed, persons on low income support, and low cost affordable workshops to persons in full time or part time employment.

Since the establishment of the Drop in Bereavement Centre in 2011, the needs and support of over 160 Users who have been referred through GP’s/Newham Psychological/Newham Centre for Mental Health/Newham Carers and other associated community organizations  have been addressed through its supportive bereavement programmes consisting of one to one bereavement counselling and well being activities, tackling and helping individuals work through the physical, and emotional stages of loss. Users who have been on antidepressants following loss have found such drugs have helped to relieve their depressive state of mind however, they also found that these gave less relief and took longer to work through than they did when used for general depression not related to grief. Through proven testimonials Users have found accessing taster complementary therapies has had a much more profound effect on their general well being and enabled Users to address and deal with symptoms of sleep depravation, anxiety, stress, fatigue, far more beneficial.

Individuals move through the stages of the normal grief process within several months to two years, and much longer depending on the length and closeness of the relationship. Traumatic grief and complicated grief, however, may take a lifetime.

The Drop in Bereavement Centre Centre is a unique organisation which provides a very focussed intervention in a local area. The Drop in Bereavement Centre operates less emphasis on clinically ran systematic organisations and more emphasis through its support services is placed on humanitarian support for the community to enhance stability in family life and to assist families and the extension of their families deal with the difficult periods, which they may experience. The aim is to ensure quality of service and to ensure that such service is delivered freely to the elderly and those unemployed providing educational and essential developmental life skills
through enhancing holistic care.

Second Campaign - Returning to the workforce following Bereavement

One of our aims at The Drop in Bereavement Centre is to tackle issues surrounding bereavement.  The main issues we have found with the majority of service users accessing the Centre is returning to work and finding little by way of support with employers. There are no right or wrong way of grieving but it does get easier to handle if one is allowed to be given the space needed in coming to terms with bereavement. Lack of understanding on the part of employers and simply expecting an employee to snap out of it or putting a lid on the period of time an employee can be allowed to grieve can have a detrimental effect on whether work can go ahead positively. 

Employees should be given adequate time off to move through their grieving process by being able to openly access bereavement counselling and sessions of co
mplementary therapy treatments for the duration time required for this.  Not enough is being done via the workforce in understanding the help that can be given to colleagues who have lost a loved one. It is important to all that a National Bereavement Policy should be in place by employers paying attention to showing appreciation of the changes being experienced by the employee to adequately create good working relationship ahead of returning to work.

The Centre would like to hear from individuals who have encountered difficulties on returning to the workforce who would like to discuss improvements in the working environment on bereavement with a view to campaigning for better changes during 2012, or you can leave your c
omments via our guest book section on this website.

For all enquiries click here to contact us.

The Drop In Bereavement Centre is a Registered Charity No. 1161526

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