Lea Bereavement Support Service

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Neville Funeral Service is proud to be able to provide support to the bereaved via our involvement with the Lea Bereavement Support Service. This service is specifically designed to help with the practical issues that bereaved people find themselves facing after the loss of a loved one, particularly partners. Courses are held three or four times a year in a variety of locations, which are free to attend and open to both our clients and to those who we have not had the privilege to serve. Each course lasts for six weeks and whilst initially exploring the psychological effects of loss and grief, the following sessions then go on to look at subjects such as managing finances, food matters, advice on sleep problems and generally taking care of yourself.

Lea Bereavement Support Service is run by Louise Clarke who has a long record of service within the funeral industry.

If you or anyone you know would benefit from attending one of these courses please telephone Lea Bereavement Support Service on 01582 499608.  You may telephone this number at any time.  At certain times you may get through to an answering machine.  Please do leave a message with your contact details and we will return your call.  Alternatively you can email louise@leabsupport.org.uk


The next Lea Bereavement 6 week programme will be held on Friday afternoons between 2 pm - 3:30 pm from 26 October - 30 November at at the following venue:

Barton-le-Clay Village Hall

Hexton Rd


MK45 4JY


Testimonials from recent Lea Bereavement courses:

'I had to write to tell you about the bereavement counselling course run at Barton Village Hall back in February 2014.  A group of us attended this amazing course and at the end of the course 5 of us decided to carry on meeting.  We arranged this on the first Thursday of every month for lunch.  We then changed to accommodate one of the attendees and are meeting Monday evenings. This is all due to the course you run, we have become good friends and are of all different ages but have the bond of bereavement.  We all helped each other on good and bad times and with sorting out financial issues connected with the loss, we now meet as friends.'

'I found it very helpful to be with people in the same situation and to know that the way I feel is normal.'

'I found all the sessions I attended very helpful.'

'Gave me hope for moving forward.'

'Warm welcome as usual, will miss coming here, I have found it really helpful.'

'I thought it was well thought out and well presented.  I decided to attend as I felt I would benefit from help in a practical sense and support from people in the same position as me.'

'This has been a great opportunity at a time when all seemed a bit bleak.  I decided to come along because of the kind invitation, the topics that were being discussed and the chance to be with others who have gone through a similar experience.'

'All sessions were useful and helpful.  I needed help and the 6 weeks has done just that.'

''I was feeling very low and unsure.  I decided to come at the last minute and was very pleased that I did.'

'Every session was very helpful, especially talking to people in the same boat as you are.'

'I wanted to thank you and Nevilles for putting on the above course.  Unfortunately I was only able to attend some of the events but found them very helpful and well presented.  Previously I had no idea such a programme was in force.  It is a good idea and it was a pleasant surprise to receive the information leaflet. Thank you again for your time and expense presenting it.  It is much appreciated.'   MH

'As usual very friendly, good tea, and the atmosphere is calming.'

'Thanks very much for the course, it's been very helpful.'   JB

'Very good and friendly, very caring and understanding.  The first session made me realise my feelings were natural.

'Welcoming as always.  Friendly and sympathetic content but informative.'

'Finance, Food and Looking Forward were especially helpful.'

'Same warm and friendly welcome.  I came as a supportive friend but enjoyed the course.'

'Nice to understand more about grief and emotions - to know what I feel is normal.  I decided to attend for support - to understand how to deal with grief and learn how to support my mum.'

'I would like to thank you and your staff for organising the bereavement talks and the commemorative tree planting.  I found the talks helpful and interesting and my family and I enjoyed the tree planting.  It was a lovely gesture.  Thank you also for the refreshments which were enjoyable.  You and your staff work very hard.'

'I have enjoyed all 6 weeks.  Staff very friendly and good.  Good advice on money matters.  Listening to other peoples' problems was helpful, made me realise I'm not the only one.  Helped me to stop feeling sorry for myself.'

'All excellent, as usual.  Found the session on exploring grief and bereavement, plus the session on finance particularly helpful.'

'Made to feel welcome.  I found all of the sessions very informative.  This course came at a time when I was feeling low so perfect timing for me.'

'The sessions were all very helpful.  I had decided to attend the course to meet people in the same situation as myself.'

'Very comfortable.  I felt that I needed to meet people in the same situation as me.  I enjoyed all of it and found the food information and dealing with grief sessions particularly helpful.'

'Very welcoming.  I found the sessions on grief counselling, money matters and solicitors plus the session on moving on very helpful and was glad to be able to meet people in the same situation.'

'Very good, explained things very well'

'Very friendly, very interesting and helpful'

'Very welcoming, the talk was very interesting and informative, excellent'

'Thank you - it's a difficult task'

'Welcoming (and coffee was good).  Can withdraw if the need felt.  Well paced and interactive'

'Cannot be faulted.  Helped to sort one's thoughts and feelings'

 'Very interesting and helpful course' - Mr M

'All the sessions were a great help to me' - SK

'Gentle, relaxed style - found something useful in all sessions' - JK

'Welcoming as always.  The practical issues were dealt with well.  I am pleased to say I have got a lot from the course' - MJ

'Comprehensive and well structured.  Very well balanced' - Mr J