Caring By Combatting Loneliness After Bereavement
Every person’s experience of grief is unique, but sadly loneliness is almost universally involved. As a 10th generation family funeral director, at CPJ Field we experience first-hand how bereavement can lead to loneliness.
As well as the emptiness someone can feel when a person they love dies, the act of grieving can be isolating as others can feel uncomfortable, not knowing what to say and even avoiding a bereaved person when they most need support.
There is a danger of loneliness becoming one of the longer-lasting effects of bereavement, with all the health risks and loss of quality of life this involves, so action is needed.
This is why we introduced Never Alone™, a series of community initiatives designed to help tackle loneliness and build links between people and their local communities. Never Alone was launched in June 2018 and has grown in size and scale since then. CPJ Field’s Never Alone events include monthly coffee mornings, mindfulness workshops, knit and natter groups, gardening and book clubs, lunch clubs, inter-generational coffee mornings and much more.