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Experiencing bereavement and loss

“I was struggling to cope with the death of my wife but the bereavement team helped me to regain my confidence and independence”.

You can experience bereavement and feelings of loss and grief after the death of a loved one.

We know that finding immediate support is important, especially whilst waiting to access specialist interventions. We can support you with guidance and information at this difficult time.

We also know you can also experience bereavement when you lose something important to you, like the ending of a marriage, a change in your physical abilities or appearance, or the loss of your identity after childbirth, illness, or major lifestyle change.

These challenges can affect people of all ages. Our Bereavement Services provide helpful support to anyone who is aged over 18 and living in Essex.

We offer expert advice about bereavement and loss, online and in-person support groups for those also experiencing loss or bereavement and one to one bereavement volunteer support.

Contact our bereavement team for more information on 0300 37 33 333.

Currently we have the following Bereavement Support Groups running:

In-person Groups

 Stanway – Tuesdays – 2.00pm-3.00pm

 Clacton – Mondays – 1.30pm-2.30pm

Colchester – Thursdays 2.30pm-3:30pm


Online Groups

Wednesdays – 10am – 11am – open to all

2nd and 4th Fridays of the month – 11am-12pm – Men’s group

Early Bereavement Support Groups

We are here to support you.

When the death of a loved one occurs, it can be lonely and overwhelming.

Here at Age Well East, in partnership with St Helena Hospice we believe that no-one should go through this alone.

Some people who are grieving find attending a bereavement group supportive.

What happens in a group?

The bereavement support groups are a non-judgemental and confidential space for you to meet others who are grieving.

Attending our groups can support you with:

Helping you understand you are not alone by meeting others in similar circumstances.

A place to make connections with others who are also grieving.

To speak openly in a closed group, sharing experiences with others.

Emotional support

We provide a range of services to support people during emotionally challenging times – including for those facing the end of their life.


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