As part of our ongoing support for people who have suffered loss, we run a free bereavement support group which meets at St Martin’s on the first and third Thursday of every month from 11am to 12noon. It provides a safe space to meet with other people who have been bereaved, to know you are not alone in what you are going through, to share stories, and find mutual support and comfort. Whether recently bereaved, or bereaved a long time ago, everyone is welcome to this group.
A Friendly Listening Ear
Being able to talk to someone face to face, knowing that they are there for you and that you are not alone, can be one of the most helpful ways in dealing with the range of emotions you experience following bereavement. As a church there are a number of people who would be happy to come and visit you, and sit and listen, so that you know you are not alone. Ring the church office for further details – 01922 635217 .
We are happy to pray with you and for you, many people find the experience of being prayed for (even if they are not used to praying themselves), gives them a deeper sense of peace and strength in the face of their loss.
You may wish to record the name of your loved one in the Memorial Book which is kept at St Martin’s. Please click on the link below to download the Memorial Book Form.
Annual Memorial Service
In the autumn we hold an annual memorial service at St Martin’s, to which we invite all who have recently been bereaved.
Holding Hands Group
St Martin’s also works in partnership with the Holding Hands Bereavement Group – a bereavement support group run by Ian Hazel Funeral Directors.
The Holding Hands Bereavement Group aims to help the recently bereaved to come to terms with their loss and enable them to look to the future without their loved ones. It has been designed to offer companionship, comfort and reassurance as families and individuals travel down the road of loss. It consists of small informal groups allowing the group to discuss their experiences and meet other individuals travelling the same journey.
The topics for discussion will be raised by the group depending upon their requirements but typical topics may include: Coping with bereavement, Life Changes, Nutrition & Fitness and Personal Finance. The course will consist of 6 sessions held in the Sutton Coldfield area but suitable for people in the surrounding areas of Aldridge, Great Barr, Kingstanding, Lichfield, Streetly and Walsall.
For more information please visit their website, or contact Amy Hazel on 0121 3082288.