Due to the current situation around coronavirus (COVID-19), we have taken the decision to move all of our support to telephone or email, until further notice.
Our Monthly Group support meetings at the Angelus Centre, Erith and United Reformed Church Bromley, Our weekly Geddes Place Friendship Group, Bexleyheath and our weekly Walk and Talk Group, Danson Park are all postponed until after 20th May 2020. We will continue to review the situation in line with government’s advice.
If you are bereaved and self-isolating
If you rely on support from others while dealing with a bereavement – whether that’s family, friends, being at work – and you are struggling being on your own then our helpline is open - call 0808 808 1677
For more support please refer to our friends at Mind and Samaritans:
If you have been bereaved by the virus
You can contact our helpline – 0808 808 1677
The helpline is open Monday-Friday 9.30-5pm (excluding bank holidays), with extended hours on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, when we’re open until 8pm.
Walk and talk group
Many of our problems can become clearer when we put one foot in front of the other. Walking in a group magnifies the power of this therapy. We have launched a ‘Walk and Talk Group’, in conjunction with Bexley Walking for Health, for adults of all ages who have lost a loved one, we meet every Tuesday at 10am at the Stables car park.
All our walks are led by friendly Cruse Volunteers who are also walk leaders. The walks provide a great opportunity to enjoy walking in some beautiful green space at Danson Park, and there will be refreshments and a chat at the end of each walk in one of the beautiful rooms in the Danson House. Walks are suitable for all abilities and provide an opportunity to meet other people with similar life experiences and walk in the fresh air. Anyone can join – it’s free, fun and friendly!
Bromley bereavement support group - postponed
A monthly group offering support after the death of a loved one, meets on the first Wednesday of each month at The Bromley United Reformed Church, 20 Widmore Road and Glades Place, Bromley, BR1 1RY from 7pm. It's a small informal group and no bookings are necessary - we will notify you when our next group will meet. (We will continue to review the situation in line with government’s advice). Please feel free to pop along for a chat.
Bexley bereavement support group - postponed
A monthly group offering support after the death of a loved one, meets on the third Wednesday of each month at The Angelus Centre, Bexley Road, Erith DA8 3HQ from 7pm. It's a small informal group and no bookings are necessary - we will notify you when our next group will meet. (We will continue to review the situation in line with government’s advice). Please feel free to pop along for a chat.
Friendship support group - postponed
Our experience is that, through formal contact with others who have shared the experience of bereavement, new and lasting friendships develop and this informal support network becomes a powerful force for good. We host a weekly friendship group at United Reform Church, Geddes Place, Bexleyheath every Thursday from 1.30pm - 3.30pm.
Bexley Community Lottery
Bexley Community Lottery has been created by London Borough of Bexley, which is set up to support community projects in the local area. The Bexley Community Lottery operates on the principle of raising money within the community for the community. They empower local good causes to raise money in a fun and effective way. In a time of shrinking budgets and increased community need, Bexley Community Lottery enables people to support the causes they care most about, helping good causes to connect with their supporters. You can help Cruse by buying a ticket in the Bexley Community Lottery which costs £1 per week and 60p will go directly to Cruse! Each ticket has a 1 in 50 chance to win with a top prize of £25,000! www.bexleycommunitylottery.co.uk
Annual Remembrance Carol service
The Cruse Bexley and Bromley Remembrance Carol Service is scheduled for Sunday 13th December 2020 from 6pm at St. James the Great Church, Bladindon Drive, Bexley DA5 3BP.
The Carol Service is for families and friends to come together to remember and celebrate the lives of loved ones. After the service, there will be some light refreshments. The event is free and no booking is necessary.
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The death of someone close can be shattering. Everyone experiences grief differently; there is no ‘normal’ or ‘right’ way to grieve. How we react will be influenced by many different things, including our age and personality, our cultural background and religious beliefs, our previous experiences of bereavement, our circumstances and how we cope with loss.
Cruse is a national charity that provides advice, information and support to anyone who has been bereaved, whenever or however the death occurred. The service is provided by trained, experienced volunteers and is confidential and free.
Cruse has been in Bexley since 1984 and in Bromley since 2011, and provides free bereavement support and counselling to anyone living in the area, irrespective of age, race, gender, culture, religion, ethnicity and disability.
Our Bereavement Volunteers who provide this support service receive rigorous and demanding bereavement training. In accordance with best practice, every volunteer is allocated to a trained supervisor so that quality of performance is regularly monitored and expertise enhanced. Volunteers continually receive in-house training, elements of which are obligatory such as Child Protection Procedures, and this training ensures provision of a quality service.