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If you are struggling with bereavement, you are not alone. When you lose someone you love, coping with bereavement and the grief can be all-consuming.

Everyone is different and you’ll react to the loss in a way that is unique to you. But grief support is available. You might find it helps to talk with someone outside your immediate family or to someone who has been through a similar experience.

When you’re grieving it’s normal to feel disbelief, numbness, anger, physical and mental pain, guilt, depression, and regret. Thinking you’re seeing or hearing someone who has died is also a common experience and can be both comforting and distressing. The old adage ‘time heals’ is true but the reality is that grief takes a different course for us all and sometimes we need a little bereavement help.

You can talk to religious ministers, hospital chaplains, or people from organisations that help bereaved people. For professional bereavement care, you could call one of the following:

Douch Family Bereavement Groups

You are invited to join our local bereavement support groups, open to the community who feel they could benefit from meeting others and seeking professional, friendly support.

Cindy Weller is a local counsellor who runs our support groups.  Cindy is a qualified accredited counsellor.  A member of The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and a member of the National Counselling Society (NCS).

We currently have regular grief support groups running in Ferndown, Blandford, Wareham and Swanage.  Tea/coffee and biscuits are supplied and a listening ear when and where needed.


Cruse helps anyone bereaved by death to understand their grief and cope with their loss. Services are free to bereaved people. The charity provides bereavement grief support and offers information, advice, education, and training services.

Day by Day Helpline: 08444 779400

Email: [email protected] or visit


The Samaritans provide confidential non-judgemental emotional bereavement support, 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair.

Telephone: 08457 909090

Email: [email protected] or visit


The Child Bereavement Charity provides specialised bereavement support, information and training to all those affected when a baby or child dies, or when a child is bereaved.

Telephone: 01494 446648 or visit


The national charity supporting and representing people who seek to live good lives without religious or superstitious beliefs.

Telephone:  02070 793 580 or visit


Offering grief support to bereaved children, young people, parents and carers.

Telephone: 01258 837071

Email: [email protected] or visit


Supporting bereavement together.  An initiative launched by Dorset Healthcare Trust, with many partners able to offer their guidance by way of bereavement support.  The Douch Family are very pleased to be able to represent our industry as part of this committee.

Experiencing bereavement is difficult at any time and for some people,  it can be additionally traumatic during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you have been bereaved by suicide, the grieving process can be even more complicated, distressing, uncertain and confusing.

Dorset Open Door, acknowledges that everyone has a different experience of bereavement. The team will listen to you and in the context of your personal experience, circumstance, strengths and resources help you to navigate support and advice that is right for you.

You can contact Dorset Open Door by calling 01305 361 361 or emailing [email protected]

Dorset Open Door


At Douch Family Funeral Directors we’re here when you need us for all the support and advice you need. For more information regarding our funeral services, please contact us today on 0800 032 9770 or get in touch using our contact form.