Funeral group expands its free bereavement service

Emma Regan and Cindy Weller outside AE Jolliffe & Son funeral directors in Ferndown – part of the Douch Family Funeral Directors group. The branch is supporting a free bereavement counselling service, whioch has now expanded to Swnage, Wareham and Blandford.

Dorset’s Douch Family Funeral Directors has expanded its free bereavement group sessions to a further three branches.

Such have been numbers attending its Ferndown meetings that they now also take place in Swanage, Wareham and Blandford.

Anyone living with bereavement is invited to book themselves on one of the sessions that lasts for about an hour and a half.

They are led by Cindy Weller, a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and a member of the National Counselling Society (NCS).

The sessions are open to anyone in the community – not restricted to clients of the group.

The meetings are held monthly in Ferndown at the Royal British Legion and in Blandford at the parish council offices.

The monthly Purbeck groups meet alternately at the libraries in Swanage and Wareham.

Emma Regan from the funeral group that has eight branches in the county, said: “We launched our first group in Ferndown without knowing what demand there would be.

“However, it has been such a success that we have expanded into other branches.

“We were motivated to offer this free service because of our experience with funerals.

“Often we could tell by dealing with the bereaved that they might benefit from some counselling.

“All the groups are held in the first week of the month. Due to restrictions on numbers people just have to call the branch to book themselves in.”

The Wareham group is being supported by the Albert Marsh branch and in Swanage the James Smith branch is supporting the sessions.


Note to editors: Douch Family Funeral Directors have been helping families with funeral arrangements for over 100 years. Branches include Douch & Small, A E Jolliffe & Son, Albert Marsh, James Smith, Ives & Shand and Lesley Shand Funeral Service. They’re based in Ferndown, Wareham, Poole, Upton, Wimborne, Swanage, Blandford and Corfe Mullen.


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