Romford hospice sets up new social group for bereaved people

By Rudi Abdallah in Charity

A NEW social group started by a Romford hospice is bringing together people who have suffered bereavements.

Saint Francis Hospice’s ’Friendly Faces’ group brought together 23 people for the first time at the end of last month.

The group was established after the charity’s staff members gained the approval of bereaved people, who had lost relatives looked after by the hospice, for a new social group.

Kathy Freeman, project manager of the OrangeLine service at the hospice said: “We identified that there was a potential gap in our services for people who had lost someone cared for by the hospice and who may or may not have requested our counselling service.

“The aim of ’Friendly Faces’ is to give these people a safe place to come and meet other people in a similar situation and to help re-engage them back into society. For those who came along it was a massive step forward, as some people had been recently bereaved, and we have had some really good feedback,” she added.

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