Supporting Your Family

covid-19-update

We want to reassure you that we are doing everything we can to continue to provide our service to bereaved families however, we have had to make a few adjustments.

Our phone line is open as usual between Monday to Thursday 01237 479027. Or you can contact us at any time via email on info@familiesingrief.org and we’ll get back to you.

Understandably we won’t be able to visit you at home, however we will offer video calls to children, young people and their families in need of our support. Please do contact us if your family has been bereaved and need our help.

We can also send you resources via email.

Our support group sessions have been put on hold for the time being.

We want to shed some light on this darkness, so here are some positive ways to help you manage if your family is experiencing anxiety or worry.

1). Call a friend or member of your family

2). If you have a garden sit out in it as much as possible. Listen listen to the birds sing.

2). Paint or draw portraits of each other. Painting or drawing helps you to ‘be in the present’. Focus on the colours and shapes you are making.

3). Stretch! Movement is excellent to help to combat anxiety. Try following an online class at home.

4). Anxiety UK suggests the “Apple” technique to deal with anxiety and worries.

A: Acknowledge – Notice and acknowledge the uncertainty as it comes to mind.
P: Pause – Don’t react as you normally do. Don’t react at all. Pause and breathe.
P: Pull back – Tell yourself this is just the worry talking, and this apparent need for certainty is not helpful and not necessary. It is only a thought or feeling. Don’t believe everything you think. Thoughts are not statements or facts.
L: Let go – Let go of the thought or feeling. It will pass. You don’t have to respond to them. You might imagine them floating away in a bubble or cloud.
E: Explore – Explore the present moment, because right now, in this moment, all is well.

Please stay safe, and follow Government guidelines.

We’ll get through this together.

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