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CRUSE Bereavement Care drop-in support in Hedon

CRUSE Bereavement Care, the Hull & District Branch, is bringing an adult drop-in support service to Hedon and Holderness. The drop-in will be held at the Hedon Junction Community Coffee Lounge, at Hedon Methodist Church, and will run one Thursday a month, with the first session on September 16 2021.

Local Cruse trained volunteers

Cruse Bereavement Care is the leading national charity for bereaved people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Cruse offers support, advice, and information to adults, children, and young people when someone dies and works to enhance society’s care of bereaved people.

The Hedon drop-in will be run by Cruse volunteers from the Hull and District Branch, which has been supporting bereaved people in Hull and the surrounding areas for over 30 years. Local Cruse volunteers Fred, Rachael, Heather, and Gary are experienced in helping people to understand their grief and cope with loss. They hope the drop-in will provide accessible in-person support, giving people a safe place to talk about their grief. They will be on hand to provide immediate short-term support, share information about grief, and signpost people for further support with Cruse or other agencies as needed.

All adults from the Hedon and Holderness area are welcome to visit the drop-in, which will take place in the Hedon Junction Community Coffee Lounge located in the Hedon Methodist Church. The Junction is a great community space that is available to everyone; membership to the church is not required to use the space.

It was Rev. Helen Hickson of the Methodist Church who approached Cruse about the possibility of setting up a service. Rev. Helen joined the Hedon Methodist Church in 2020, at the start of the pandemic. She has seen how the tragic loss of life and social isolation brought by the pandemic has impacted the local community. Wanting to support her community, Rev. Helen approached Cruse for assistance, suggesting the Community Junction as a place to host the drop-in service alongside a small room for anyone needing support in a quiet space.

Rachael, who grew up in Hedon, is pleased to be able to offer the service in her hometown and hopes the drop-in will increase understanding of grief and the importance of talking about loss.

Grief is a natural process, but it can be devastating. If you would like support, please do call in to see Fred, Rachael, Heather and Gary at the Junction Community Coffee Lounge, Hedon Methodist Church, 5 Church Lane, HU12 8EL. Limited parking is available. The first drop-in will take place on Thursday 16th September and will then run monthly until March 2022, starting at 4pm and finishing at 6pm. Please visit anytime between these hours, no appointment is necessary. You will receive a warm welcome.

For further information about the Hedon drop-in, including forthcoming drop-in dates, visit https://hu12.online and look out for the flyers.

For information about other services offered by Cruse Bereavement Care please visit www.cruse.org.uk. Young people can visit www.hopeagain.org.uk Cruse’s interactive website for young bereaved people. Alternatively, call the local Hull and District Branch on 01482 565565, leave your name, telephone number, and a brief message and we will get back to you.

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