Bereavement Matters

Catherine Street based charity Bereavement Matters (St Albans Bereavement Network) has announced that it will cease offering counselling services and will be vacating its current headquarters in the summer.

The charity will continue operation as a volunteer-led organisation focussing on other ways in which those struggling to come to terms with the loss of a loved one can be helped and supported.

“This has not been an easy decision,” said John Gladwin, Chairman of Trustees.   “I pay tribute to our incredibly dedicated staff.  The trustees have been agonising about reaching this conclusion.  But it became increasingly difficult to fund the overheads of a fully-fledged counselling service, particularly with the NHS and local government becoming less able to provide support.

“The need for bereavement support will continue,” he said.  “We will of course fulfil our obligations to current counselling clients.  There are other local providers of counselling services, we hope that they will be able to develop in this specialist role in future, and people will still be able to contact us for help and signposting to counselling services if required.”

We are pleased to be able to signpost you to these organisations who offer specialist bereavement counselling for adults:

The Counselling Foundation    www.counsellingfoundation.org
please send referrals/enquiries to: jo.spilling@counsellingfoundation.org
St Albans and Harpenden Counselling
please send referrals/enquiries to: stahcounselling@hotmail.com
CRUSE Hertfordshire   www.cruse-hertfordshire.org.uk
Tel: 01707 278389
If you are seeking generic counselling for children/young people, please contact
Youth Talk   www.youthtalk.org.uk
Tel: 01727 868684
If you are seeking generic affordable counselling for adults, please contact
Mosaic Counselling   http://mosaiccounsellingservices.com
Tel: 01727 863224
You can also use the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) directory to find registered counsellors on  

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