Grief Encounter - UK
Ensuring the ALMT Grief Support Service is sustainable
Grief Encounter helps families address difficult issues such as death and we help make sense of the hurt and confusion. Above all, they aim to help them find ways out of the abyss of grief.
The ALMT has been running a Grief and Bereavement support service for five years provided by leading practitioner, Jenni Thomas OBE. To ensure this service continues to run and support families, the ALMT have approached Grief Encounter (GE) to become an ALMT partner to both direct Jenni to conduct visits and also receive her referrals from families in need.
This broadens the ALMT’s ability to support as many families as possible while remaining confident that the level of support offered is of the highest standard. Through discussion of this partnership, GE highlighted the need to begin making the first contact with bereaved families and children featured in the press/media.
At least, 5 cases of accidental death, murder, road traffic accidents or unexplained sudden deaths appear in the media every week. Research shows that following a trauma, pro-active support is necessary or children are often left under the emotional rubble that death brings in its wake.
The aim of this partnership is to reach out to families who are victims of the traumatic impact of a tragedy in order to increase accessibility to bereavement support.