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Grief and Bereavement

What is Grief?

"Grief can be difficult and stressful and nearly everybody goes through it at some point in their lives. Despite this, it can be very difficult to predict how we might react to a loss, as it is a very individual process. In most cases, grief is not a diagnosable mental health problem. It is absolutely normal that grief places strain on our everyday lives and it can take a long time to adapt to life after a loss. Even after a long period it is still normal to experience days like the difficult early days after a bereavement, but over a period of time we gradually learn to manage these." - Mind.

Support available for Grief, Loss and Bereavement:

Spectrum Life

  • Spectrum Life is our Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) which is a confidential, neutral service provided by an external company to support colleagues at the University. They provide six sessions of free counselling which can be focussed on grief or loss. 

Colleague Grief and Bereavement Group

  • The University Chaplaincy and Colleague Wellbeing teams have launched a Colleague Grief and Bereavement Group - a support network for colleagues experiencing any form of grief or bereavement. The group is a safe space for sharing/listening and practical/reflective activities. This group is open to all colleagues regardless of your worldview or religious faith. Feedback has been very positive so far and we have set the below meetings dates in 2022.We will keep this page updated with any changes.

    You no longer need to register to attend, you can just turn up to the sessions that suit you. For in person sessions, we invite colleagues to attend 30 minutes before each session and/or stay 30 minutes after each session if this helps to relax before or decompress after the session (completely optional). Directions to the meetings rooms can be found here. To find out more about this group please email either Ramona or Emily

    Here are the upcoming meetings:

    02-Feb-22 (Wed) 13:30-14:30 MS Teams - meeting link  (to copy in to your calendar)
    21-Feb-22 (Mon) 11:30-12:30 St Luke's: Staff House Upper Lounge 
    02-Mar-22 (Wed) 13:30-14:30 Streatham: Neil Cross room, Forum Library level +1
    21-Mar-22 (Mon) 11:30-12:30 St Luke's: Staff House Upper Lounge
    06-Apr-22 (Wed) 13:30-14:30 Streatham: Neil Cross room, Forum Library level +1 
    25-Apr-22 (Mon) 11:30-12:30 St Luke's: Staff House Upper Lounge
    04-May-22 (Wed) 13:30-14:30 Streatham: Neil Cross room, Forum Library level +1 

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