The Bereavement Café

Supporting Other with Their Grief

The Power of Empathy

Supporting someone in grief can be challenging, but it’s important to remember that empathy is a powerful tool. At The Bereavement Café, we guide you on how to employ empathetic listening and communication, which can be a source of immense comfort for those in grief. 

What to Say and What Not to Say

Knowing what to say to someone in grief can be difficult. We often fear saying the wrong thing, which might unintentionally cause more harm than good. We offer guidance on what to say and what to avoid, equipping you with the language of compassion and understanding that respects and acknowledges the other person’s grief.

Navigating Complex Emotions

Grief is an emotionally complex experience, characterised by a wide range of emotions. We provide insights into these emotions, helping you understand what your loved one might be going through. Our guidance can empower you to support them effectively, validating their feelings and giving them the freedom to grieve in their own way.

Practical Ways to Help

There are many practical ways to support someone in grief, from helping with daily tasks to ensuring they take care of their physical health. We provide ideas and suggestions on how you can be of practical assistance during this challenging time. Small gestures of kindness can mean the world to someone grappling with loss.

Resources and Referrals

In some cases, professional help may be required. We provide information on local resources, therapists, and grief counsellors who specialise in bereavement. Our network includes professionals across Bolton, Wigan, and surrounding areas, ensuring that everyone can find the right help when they need it.

Remember, your support can make a significant difference to someone dealing with loss. The Bereavement Café is here to equip you with the tools and understanding you need to be there for others in their time of grief.

The Bereavement Café Services

Pop-up Cafés

Creating welcoming spaces for those coping with loss to gather, share their stories, and find comfort in shared experiences.

Grief Awareness Workshops

Designed to help individuals, schools, and businesses understand and better support those navigating the complex journey of grief and loss.

Youth Bereavement Cafés

We provide support to children dealing with grief through our Youth Cafes, located within their learning environments. These weekly group sessions help them understand and express their emotions. 

Living with Loss Workshops

Designed to provide guidance and strategies for individuals who are learning to navigate daily life amidst the deep sorrow of losing a loved one.

5 week Group Workshop

Support & Listening Service

A safe space where individuals can openly share their feelings and experiences of loss, and receive empathetic support from others who understand their journey.

One to One Listening

We recognise the healing power of being heard and understood, which is why we provide dedicated one-on-one listening sessions.

Supporting Schools

Grief can be particularly challenging for children and young adults to comprehend and handle. At The Bereavement Café, we offer support to local schools seeking to help their students navigate through the difficult process of grieving.

We provide practical strategies, resource recommendations, and understanding to help educators and school administrators provide a supportive environment for students coping with loss. Our aim is to equip the next generation with the tools they need to process grief in a healthy and constructive way.

Fresh Coffee & a Chat

We are not a counselling service. All staff and Volunteers are trained and skilled in Understanding Grief, Bereavement and Loss, coupled with their own individual lived experiences of bereavement enhances the value of their support and understanding in this unique setting.