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Sutton Bereavement Service
Sutton Centre for Information Living and Learning (SCILL)

Registered Charity No. 1004242
Support and Counselling
for the Bereaved
Sutton Bereavement Service offers help to bereaved people
regardless of race, colour, nationality, religion, age, gender,
sexual orientation or physical disability
Bereavement is something which most of us experience during our lives and which affects us in different ways. Grieving is painful and may give rise to unexpected feelings.

Shock is usually the first reaction and can last a few minutes, hours or even days. If the death has been sudden or unexpected this shock can be intense. A sense of numbness often follows shock and what has happened may seem unreal or dreamlike. This is quite normal.

In your sadness you may feel despair and depression; you  might think there is no point in going on, or that no-one else could possibly understand what you are going through. You may become confused and even think you are 'going mad'. You may experience feelings of panic, self-pity and anger. Your anger could be with others, or even with the person who has died. You could feel guilty, especially about the way you are feeling. These are all natural responses to your loss and can be very exhausting.

Sometimes it seems as if people are avoiding you. Sadly this does happen. It is probably due to their embarrassment as they may not know what to say. It is tempting to try and hide your emotions from others and put on 'a brave face', especially for family and friends. However, it can help to let people know how you are feeling and that you would welcome their support.

Adjusting to the loss is hard. You may find yourself imagining you have seen or heard the dead person. You may even find yourself trying to deny the death. It can be tempting to quickly dispose of possessions or even move home so that you cannot be reminded of your loss. Experience has shown this is not always wise and important decisions like these are best given time and thought.

As the pain eases you may discover that you are beginning to remember without becoming too distressed. You might be able to renew old interests, or even take up new pursuits. It might seem disloyal, but the past will always be part of you and enjoying yourself will not alter that.

Each person mourns in his or her own way. Some find it helpful to talk with someone who is outside the family or social circle. A volunteer bereavement counsellor can offer emotional support/counselling following a bereavement. This may be within a few weeks, months, or even years of the death. The deceased may be a friend, spouse, relative, colleague or partner of any description.

Sutton Bereavement Service has a team of trained volunteer bereavement counsellors. The counselling takes place at our counselling centre or, in some circumstances, in the home. The focus of the counselling is to allow people to share their feelings in a confidential setting. All Sutton Bereavement Service volunteer counsellors receive on-going training, support and supervision.

Counselling sessions are for no longer than one hour on a weekly basis. The total number of sessions varies from person to person. Counselling is not for ever; like mourning, it will eventually come to an end.

If you would like further details about our Service, please telephone the Director. The office is not open on a full-time basis and you may hear an Ansaphone message. Please do leave your name and telephone number, and your call will be returned as soon as possible. Telephone: 020 8643 9299.

The service offers counselling free of charge. However, it costs approximately £20 to provide one bereavement counselling session. If you are able to make a contribution towards this cost, please send your donation to the following address. Cheques should be made payable to 'Sutton Bereavement Service'.
The Administrative Officer
Sutton Bereavement Service
1st Floor, 'B' Block
Sutton Hospital
Cotswold Road
All donations will be acknowledged
Sutton Bereavement Service would like to thank the following sponsors:
*Camelot Foundation
*The London Borough of Sutton
*National Lottteries Charity Board
*The Royal Marsden Hospital
*The St Helier NHS Trust
We are also grateful for the many other donations from local businesses, organisations and from clients.

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Sutton Centre for Information Living and Learning (SCILL)
3 Robin Hood Lane
SCILL Disability Information
Telephone: 020 8770 4065
Facsimile: 020 8770 4067
Textphone: 020 8770 4066
Providing disability and community care information
for people living and working in the London Borough of Sutton

Community Services?
Personal Care?
Local Transport?
Orange Badge?
Social Clubs?
Getting a Job?

Disabled Person or Carer?
Needs Arising From Older Age?
Professional Giving Support or Services?

SCILL can help you by providing information on a wide range of subjects,
using its up-to-date and comprehensive information resources.

We have information on
Over 5,000 National and Local Services
Over 15,000 Items of Equipment and Suppliers
Community Care and Disability Issues

and can provide
Factsheets on the Most Frequently Asked Subjects
Volunteering and Work Experience
Direct Access to Our Database to Local Organisations, by Modem

SDI, formerly Sutton Disability Information, is now part of Sutton Centre for Information Living and Learning (SCILL), where people with physical and/or sensory disabilities develop confidence, skills and the ability to live and work independently.

We offer a free, impartial and confidential service.
Information can be given on tape, in large print, or in Braille.
Contact us by 'phone, or feel free to call in and see us.
We have ground-floor offices and parking facilities.

Open Monday to Friday 10 am - 4 pm
(Ansaphone at other times)
SCILL is supported by Sutton, the National Lottery Charities Board and Positive About Disabled People
SCILL is a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales. Registered No. 3166245.
Registered Charity No. 1053979

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