At W J Wright Funeral Directors we understand that the funeral is just the beginning of your journey of grief.
In the difficult days and weeks following the funeral, we are still here for you. You may rely upon us for a friendly face and a sympathetic ear. Sometimes it is good to know that there is someone there for you. Someone who knows something of what you have been through, who remains impartial and non-judgemental. Someone who is respectful, understanding, supportive and who appreciates the importance of confidentiality. We can also put you in touch with organisations who can support you in difficult times.
In some cases, this may not be enough and perhaps professional help can be of benefit. Having counselling can mean that there is a safe place for you to offload and vent your feelings. You will not be judged by what you say and will be able to talk freely without feeling that you are affecting others. We are able to make suggestions as to who to contact in order to set up some counselling if you feel this might help.
If you feel counselling may help we are able to refer you, through our membership with SAIF (Society of Allied Independent Funeral Directors) to highly skilled and qualified bereavement counsellors who will be able to help you understand your grief, develop coping strategies and promote self care to enable you to deal with the challenges you may be facing.
Further Support – Bereavement Care
In addition to counselling, and friends and family, your local ordained and lay minister are also available for support, as are the charitable organisations listed below:
Cruse Bereavement Care – 31 St Georges Road, Cheltenham, Gloucester, GL50 3DU. Telephone: 01242 252518. www.crusebereavementcare.org.uk
Samaritans – Victoria House, back of Albert Place, Pitville, Cheltenham, GL52 2HN Telephone: 01242 515777. www.samaritans.org
Winston’s Wish – Offers support to children, young people and their families after the death of a parent or sibling. The Clara Burgess Centre, Bayshill Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 3AW. Telephone: General enquiries – 01242 515157. Helpline: 08452 030405 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org. www.winstonswish.org
SSAFA – Armed Forces Charity Offering support and advice to anyone who has served within the armed forces or to the families of those who have served. Telephone: 0800 7314880. www.ssafa.org.uk
Citizens Advice Bureau – www.citizensadvice.org.uk to find your local branch or to access online services.
We are able to offer further details of support groups available in your local area – please do not hesitate to contact us.