Support groups for bereaved individuals
Those in our grief support group benefit from sharing stories, experiences, and receiving mutual support from others who have suffered a loss in similar circumstances. This will help them heal, find hope and thrive.
At Balanced Wheel, we support bereaved individuals to find a new balanced state of well-being to heal, rebalance and thrive.
The loss of a loved one is a devastating experience. Your outlook on the future may be dim right now. There are not many people who can understand the deep pain you feel if you’ve lost a spouse, child, family member, or close friend. You may feel isolated and have many questions about things you’ve never encountered before during this time.
Currently, we offer three bereavement support groups, providing peer support, a safe space for grieving, and respite for those in need. We offer grief support groups for adults who have lost a loved one. Our grief support groups provide crucial tools to help you move through your grieving process, including connecting you with others who experience similar pain.
We provide information, educational tools, coping with grief toolkit along with structured activities that allow members of our bereavement support group to share their feelings, learn from each other in a safe, confidential, and nonjudgmental environment.
Grief support groups meet fortnightly for at least four months to help bereaved individuals cope with the challenges they face following a loss and begin to rebuild themselves. Beneficiaries meet up together and receive peer-to-peer support, facilitated in a safe environment.
Our bereavement support services are currently being provided as facilitated online groups using Zoom conferencing software.
Support is available from Balanced Wheel. The next step is to complete the bereavement support group application form.
Peer Support Group Registration Form
We are deeply saddened by the loss you have experienced. We would be grateful for your help completing this registration form for bereavement support. Additionally, it would help us match you with an appropriate support group.
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Bereavement Support Group FAQ
The following are answers to some frequently asked questions about the bereavement peer support groups that we offer.
Peer Support Groups at Balanced Wheel are open to anyone who has experienced a bereavement, regardless of when or how the event occurred.
There is no timeline for grief. The impact of bereavement continues for many years and some people may only be able to talk about it after many years.
You’re welcome to join this bereavement peer support group regardless of how short or long your bereavement has been.
The simple answer is no. Think of this support group as a confidential and non-judgemental space where you are connecting with people with similar experiences with the same goal to support and share.
The support group isn’t a replacement for counselling or therapy if you need one.
Attending support groups isn’t right for everyone because we are all different and may not be ready to explore this option.
Losing a loved one can make you feel lonely and isolated. Our own experiences in bereavement have provided us with an understanding of what it feels like to be surrounded by friends and family members but need someone to turn to.
This support group may not be for everyone. Instead, it is for those who are looking for friendship, sharing coping strategies, and mutual support in an environment where they can relate to each other.
Each session is different. The conversations will majorly be about sharing your story and experiences, how you’re feeling, and how we are learning to cope with grief.
The end goal of the support group is that you will be able to build your own grief coping toolkit, feel heard, feel empowered, and have a sense of belonging when you leave.
If you don’t find the group helpful, you don’t have to stay or return. However, you may find it helpful later on in your bereavement journey.
The support group is free to attend
Do you still have questions after signing up?
It is possible that you will have more questions after you register your interest in the support group. You can never ask too many questions. You can contact us with any questions about the bereavement peer support group using the contact form.