Many people who live in the Skegness area love the idea of retirement by the sea!
Sadly for many that retirement becomes a lonely affair, when one of the couple dies and because they have had such a good relationship with one another, they may not have built up a large group of friends who can support them through their bereavement. Family members may be working or live away from the area and the happy future they had envisaged becomes a bad dream.
As a result we set up a non-denominational secular bereavement group called New Horizons. We meet on the third Thursday of every month. We have been trained not as counsellors but as listeners, through Acorn who lead a Listening Ear course, which enables us to give the precious commodity of time to those who need it.
We have a social programme each month with varied demonstrations and hand on activities, speakers and a constant stream of new things to engage with. There is the opportunity to talk together or on a one to one basis in private. It has become like a family gathering with tea and home made cakes and one lady said last month she couldn't wait for next month's meeting.
In between meetings some of the group meet up for coffee in the town and it has become a highlight in the week whilst out shopping. Many good friendships have been made. Holidays taken together and many hours of chatting on the phone!
We can never have too many friends and we hope that you will not only make friends who support you, but become our friend too.
If you have suffered bereavement and feel you need someone to talk to in strict confidence, then this group could be for you.
Come along to the meeting at St. Clements Community Hall, Church Road North, Skegness usually on the third Thursday of the month from 2 – 4pm. Please check date before coming.
You can chat to people who will offer support and comfort. Feel free to bring a friend.