Coping with Bereavement Most people cope well with grief, if they are well supported by friends and family and have the information they need. We offer this information and support to adults in Gloucestershire who have been bereaved as a result of a death from illness or other natural causes. There’s no need for you or your loved ones to have used Longfield’s services previously. These groups provide a warm, confidential and mutually supportive environment, mixing with others in similar situations. Previous attendees of these courses very generously gave feedback, telling us that the group had given them a deeper understanding of their grief, and techniques to cope with and normalise it, reducing their feelings of isolation and remembering their loved one in new ways. Each of the attendees said that they would recommend the group to others. Attending one of our Bereavement Support Groups is an opportunity for you to explore your grief with others in a similar position and with a facilitator trained in bereavement support. We have two information leaflets, one about 'Grieving the loss of someone' and the other describing the Bereavement Services offered by Longfield. One of the most popular techniques taught in the groups has been the ability to relax, by listening to a soothing voice and escaping the distractions of your immediate surroundings. We’ve helpfully recorded some of these for you to use at home, so please click on the recordings below to listen. Visualisation – ‘Walking towards the ocean’ (female voice) Short Body Scan (male voice) Finding Your Safe Place (female voice) Letting Go of Thoughts - ‘Leaves on a stream’ (male voice) Guided Relaxation – ‘A walk in a meadow’ (female voice) If you're interested in joining one of the above groups, or would like further information, please call 01453 886868 or email us. Special thanks go to Rotary in Gloucester, who support all of our outreach groups in the city.