As the shielding advice for those aged 70+ and those with specific health issues is eased, even more people can now ‘experiment’ with a return to normal life.  Through these last months whilst some people have interpreted the Government’s advice in their own inimitable style, others have been rigorous and stuck to every aspect of what they have been told to do.  Now, this month, it is time for people to gather their courage and return to a different, but more interactive way of life.  If any encouragement or help is needed, then we at Hope Trust, along with many other local groups, are here to help.

We know that for many people it will take time to build confidence before they feel comfortable to be in a large group or visit a busy area.  Time and common sense will help build confidence.  Yet there is a group that we have a particular concern for - those who have suffered loss through this time of lockdown.  Loss, not just through Covid-19 but from other conditions and circumstances.  We have heard stories, and watched stories on the news, of people who have lost more than one person; people who have organised more than one funeral online and over the phone.  Hope Trust itself has been involved in funerals at Seven Hills where social distancing, no hugs and shortened service times have been the normal practice.  That is why we want to let people know that Hope Trust is making it a priority to deliver our 4-week Autumn Bereavement Support Group, starting in September. 

Grief is such an individual journey.  Some people navigate it easily and quickly, others start off okay and then become more affected by their loss when the shock wears off and the reality of this new way of life seems too hard to bear.  Good friends who have given their support during those early days have returned to their homes and ‘normal lives.’  What we have learnt running this course is that few people understand what is normal after loss, they can be caught unawares by the avalanche of emotions that may occur weeks or even months after the funeral, which is where Hope Trust comes in.  Our Bereavement Support Group explores grief as a human response to a significant loss, its associated emotions as well as giving those who attend a chance, in a safe environment, to talk about their individual loss.  If you would like to know more, then please give Hope Trust a call, we are here to help you move forward.

Hope Trust, like other groups, will be starting to reintroduce regular activities from early August.  We won’t be able to start every activity straight away, but we’ll do what we can.  For exact dates, times and how to join us you can give us a call or visit our website for more details.  Let’s enjoy this respite from lockdown together safely, replenishing those emotional tanks that have been depleted over these past months. Hope to see you soon!

 To contact Hope Trust and speak to Paul & Sheila Taylor (Pastoral Workers) please ring us on 01394 272592 email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit our website www.hopetrust.org.uk