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Facing the Future: Support Groups for those Bereaved by Suicide

Provided by Cruse Bereavement Care & Samaritans

Facing the Future groups are about peer support in a safe environment. There is no set agenda for the group sessions. Facilitators are guided by what participants wish to talk about.

Group Locations in Wales:*

Cardiff
Carmarthen
Swansea
The Valleys


*Individuals do not have to reside in areas where the groups are located!

Each group adheres to to the following core principles:

-Understanding
People who are grieving because of suicide can feel very alone, suffering from a kind of loss they feel others may not understand. Even with supportive family and friends, participants find it helpful to talk with others who have experienced a similar loss. Participants have told us how helpful it has been to be in a safe environment with people dealing exclusively with the same issue.

-Safety
Participants tell us they feel safe in the group. They’re free to express themselves with others who are also grieving as a result of suicide.

-Coping
The group supports one another to come to conclusions that often lead to acceptance and increased hope for facing the future. Everyone who has taken part in a group has said they would recommend groups to others.

-Respect
Participants feel they are listened to in a respectful environment. Even when people are sharing things they may never have said out loud before, there is a non-judgemental and supportive atmosphere.


Eligibility:
You must be over 18 to join a group and have lost someone to suicide over three months ago. Many people experience shock when they lose someone and it can take several months before they are able to share their experiences and hear the experiences of others in a group setting.

Each group will include people with differing experiences, circumstances, backgrounds and relationship to the person who has died.

Our experience shows that people get the most out of the sessions if they don’t know their fellow group members before the group starts. This means it’s not possible to participate in a support group with a family member or friend.

Anyone interested in attending a support group can register online at:
Facing the Future Groups or by calling our enquiry line on
0208 939 9560.

For any queries or for more information, please email us at: Facing the Future.

Access Options

Drop in

Self referrral

Agency referral

By appointment only