When I first saw Father Steven's advertisement for people to train to become Listeners for a Bereavement Drop-In Group he wanted to start up, it tweeked my interest. I thought about it but it rather slipped to the back of my mind until my husband, Peter, mentioned it again and told me I would be good at it, because complete strangers would strike up a conversation with me, sitting on the bus, in the supermarket queue, standing in the pharmacy etc:, and I was a good listener. I mentioned the group to a friend who also thought it was a very good idea but suggested that whatever I heard during the sessions, 'leave it at the door' otherwise it would become overwhelming.
I spoke to Father Steven and signed up for the course. His passion and enthusiasm for this new project was infectious and very soon we had a band of lovely listeners, two venues because we were going to have sessions twice a month, dates for the sessions, advertising posters were up and of the utmost importance, the refreshments organised.
Suddenly it was all real and the doubts started to creep in. What would I say to a person who had lost a parent, a partner, a dear friend, but worst of all a child???? We had been told not to be too despondent if we didn't have visitors come to the drop-in straight away but we were delighted to see that we had three people waiting for us to open the doors on that very first day and now three months later, we hope to continue to be very, very good listeners to our visitors. We have had plenty of tea, talk and tears (the first session we forgot to bring tissues, we won't make that mistake again) but we have also had broad smiles, outrageous anecdotes and lots and lots of laughter.
If you think you or someone you know would like to come along and share your bereavement problems with us, please do. Sometimes you can't manage your grief on your own, or you think all your family and friends are not listening to you anymore, come and talk to us.
Very best wishes to everyone
About Bereavement Drop-In
By Terry McCabery
AFTERNOON MEETINGS 1:30 - 3:00
at Hartley Hall, Flower Lane NW7 2JA.
Friday 22nd November 2019
(Friday 27th December 2019
and every last Friday of the month.
EVENING MEETINGS 6:30 - 8:00
at Bethany Room, Sacred Heart Church, Flower Lane NW7 2JB.
Monday 11th November 2019
Monday 9th December 2019
and every second Monday of the month.
We welcome all faiths and any beliefs. This group is open to anyone who wishes to talk to someone or talk with others about their pain, grief or loss.
Never feel alone - we are here for you.
Just turn up on the day, or for more information contact Rev. Steven Young
or Theresa McCabery
St Michael and All Angels Church
London NW7 2JA
T: 020 8959 1449
Registered Charity Number 1168446