St Mary's Hospice @stmaryshospice
BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT VOLUNTEER
1. Tell me about your volunteer role in a particular area.
I am a volunteer for the Bereavement Support Team. At present I am a volunteer for the online support group.This group is a lifeline to many and the group is continually growing in number as many newly bereaved people join it. I go online at various times of the day and look at posts from members.If someone is having a bad day sometimes all they need are a few kind and supportive words to feel that they are not alone on their grief journey. Isolation is often a common feeling amongst bereaved people – knowing that there is support practically instantly is a great comfort.Weekends are often the most difficult times [as I know from my own experience] to cope with so I tend to go online most weekends – posting poems, sharing feelings and offering support.
2. What support do you receive as a volunteer?
The support I receive from the team is fantastic - not only in a work/professional capacity but also in a friendly/caring role.They support the whole person not just the volunteer role aspect.Any concerns I may have – I know I only need to pick up the phone or send an e mail and it will be sorted and dealt with.
I can strongly advise/recommend volunteering.You will gain so much from it: Doing something useful, meeting new people, gaining new skills and helping and supporting people and feeling part of a very friendly team, you gain a feeling of a sense of purpose and fulfillment.
Go on give it a go! You will not regret it.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer within the Family support and bereavement team or would like to finds out a little bit more information about what this involves please contact Lynsey Lawson ( Team Lead) on 01229 580305.