Open support meetings are held on the 1st Wednesday of every month between 7.30 – 9.00pm at St Mary’s Longfleet Church Centre, Kingston Road, Poole, BH15 2LP.
This is an informal parent peer support group, giving bereaved parents and families the opportunity to meet with other families, in a safe, respectful, confidential environment, facilitated by trained counsellors.
For further information Tel: 0300 019 8084 (24 hour answer phone).
I first went to an Open Support Meeting just two months after I lost my son Dominic. I didn’t know what to expect – how many people would be there – what was expected of me. I went to the meeting full of apprehension, but with a need to meet others who knew what I was going through. There were about half a dozen people there and although everyone’s circumstances varied I took comfort from the similarity of feelings and emotions in the room – it helped to ease the loneliness and reduce the niggling doubts about my own sanity.
I have been a regular attender ever since. Initially for myself, to help me come to terms with losing Dominic and more recently to offer support to other bereaved parents – although I would be lying if I said I didn’t get something out of every meeting myself!