Stafford & District Bereavement & Loss Support Service
The Service is a Stafford based registered charity which was established in 1984 by Dr Linda Machin when a need was recognised for bereavement support for local people. SDBLSS has recently entered into partnership with Katharine House Hospice
Who is the service for?
SDBLSS offers support to people who are experiencing grief. Our service is open to everyone regardless of class, gender, race, religion or sexual orientation who may feel that they would like to talk to someone with understanding about feelings of grief or loss. There are many ways in which people experience loss and bereavement; for instance a loved one, close friend or neighbour may have died or have a terminal illness.
Who will you see?
Our volunteers are people who are specially trained to be skilled in listening and providing emotional support, whilst you talk and gently go through what has happened during your time of bereavement or loss.
Our volunteers are from all walks of life and many of them have experienced bereavement or loss in their own lives so they will have some understanding of how you may be feeling. Following an initial meeting, with your agreement, you may be offered up to six initial sessions to meet with your volunteer. Our volunteers work privately with clients, usually in the comfort of Katharine House Hospice or Katharine House Clinic.
Why use our service?
Bereavement is an experience that affects all of us at some time. It is natural to grieve, and strong feelings are often aroused which need to be expressed. Many people sometimes need to talk to someone in confidence outside of their friends and family circle, to help them to work through their loss in a way which can give them hope and strength for the future. That’s why we are here.
We follow a person centred approach in supporting our clients, this means your volunteer will accept you for yourself and he or she will also be able to give you practical help and information on matters relating to your loss. Our service can offer you all of the following: Time, Emotional Support, Confidentiality, Skilled Listening, A New Understanding.
There is currently no drop-in service but we do offer an appointment system with flexible appointments available on discussion with your volunteer. We can be contacted in confidence either by telephone, e-mail (details above) or via this website.
Our service is currently free; however we do politely request that if possible, you make a donation, no matter how small, in order that we may continue to offer our support to others.
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