Lockdown hasn’t stopped crucial bereavement services
Posted on: 19/11/2020
A funeral group is ensuring its free bereavement services continue through the latest lockdown that is impacting heavily on the mental health of those who have lost loved ones.
Dorset’s Douch Family Funeral Directors has found a way of offering its counselling services throughout the pandemic, believing it crucial.
The sessions are free to anyone and are held at its branch in Corfe Mullen and the Parish Rooms in Blandford, with the Isle of Purbeck-based sessions migrating to the telephone.
The group, which runs seven branches in east Dorset, has for some time offered bereavement counselling, open to all.
Emma Regan from the group said: “We really believe that our role doesn’t stop with the funeral but continues afterwards with bereavement counselling.
“We decided at the outset to open the sessions to anyone in the area and Covid and the lockdowns have made them more important than ever.
“With venues being closed during the first lockdown we moved online and to the phone, but then returned when restrictions were relaxed.
“For this lockdown we have been able to continue running sessions in Blandford and our Ferndown group is meeting at our Corfe Mullen branch.
“We are fortunate to have these facilities which enable us to continue face-to-face sessions.
“We’re looking at other venues in the Isle of Purbeck but we are continuing to offer the service over the telephone.
“Counselling has been extremely important for many people during the Covid crisis.
“Losing a loved one during the pandemic has meant a difficult time has been made much harder for families.
“Many people were unable to attend funerals due to the numbers being restricted and were unable to say a proper goodbye.
“Anyone wishing to join a group or receive counselling should call one of our branches.
“The Douch Family are a partner of Our Dorset Open Door bereavement support initiative, which includes other partners such as the NHS, CCG, Cruse, Mosaic, Dorset Mind, Community Action Group and more.”
The group includes Douch & Small, A E Jolliffe & Son, Albert Marsh, James Smith, Ives & Shand and Lesley Shand Funeral Service. They’re based in Wimborne, Ferndown, Wareham, Poole, Swanage, Blandford and Corfe Mullen.
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