The death of a loved one is among the most traumatic experiences you can endure in your life. For many people, it means that their life is changed forever, sometimes in dramatic ways. The emotional turmoil of bereavement can be hard to face alone. It helps to accept that, when grieving, there are some occasions which will be very difficult and then to work out how best to manage them.
Parkinson’s Care and Support UK developed the first ever End of Life and Bereavement Support Line specifically to help people who has a loved one that is coming to the end of their life or for those who have lost their loved one with Parkinson’s. The support line is open from 10am-12pm and from 1pm-4pm 7 days a week. The support line does not offer a formal counselling service but is a listening and advisory service. All of our support line advisors have experience of bereavement. Everyone who contacts our End of Life and Bereavement Support Line will be offered the chance to be put in touch with a Befriender, to help combat loneliness and isolation
It’s vital to understand that our support line advisors cannot take away your grief. The support line is not a ‘cure’ for the pain of bereavement. What it can do, however, is support you come to understand your own thoughts and feelings with greater clarity and to provide emotional support and practical advice to improve your wellbeing and life. Sharing your thoughts with someone who is trained to be helpful and non-judgmental can be a great way to cope with grief.