People looking for support after suffering the loss of a loved one can attend free peer to peer support sessions again this month.

Bereavement cafes in Weymouth and Dorchester are back for January, and they are open to everyone.

Losing someone or something important can be extremely difficult and it can affect people in different ways.  

Therefore free weekly sessions are being provided again for anyone wanting to get peer to peer support around feelings of loss; it also provides a chance to talk to others who are in similar situations.

Hosted by Dorset Open Door, Mosaic, Dorset Youth and Dorset Mental Health Forum, the drop-in sessions offer residents the opportunity to find out about local bereavement support, talk about how they are feeling, and look at ways to remember and celebrate the lives of their loved ones.

Clare Hayton, senior therapist at Mosaic, said: “Bereavement is something that happens to us all. Thankfully a lot of children do not have to navigate the loss of a loved one until later in their life.

"So when a young person does experience a death, they can often feel isolated and confused about what they are experiencing.

"The bereavement cafes are an opportunity to meet others who are bereaved and also to understand the complex feeling around grief.”

There will be a sessions at The Front Skatepark in Weymouth on Tuesday, January 16, 23 and 30 between 4.30pm and 6.30pm.

In Dorchester the drop-ins will be held at the Dorset Mental Health Forum at The Gallery, 29 and 29A Durngate Street, on Thursday, January 11, 18 and 25 between 4.30pm and 6.30pm.

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