Bethany Bereavement Support Group

Bethany National Support telephone number 087 9905 299

Bethany Bereavement Support Group was established in Blessington in 2003

The Bethany Bereavement Support Group is a voluntary parish based ministry which aims to help the bereaved and grieving.

The name Bethany recalls the visit of Jesus to Mary and Martha on the death of their brother Lazarus.

Although grieving is a natural process which can be helped by the sympathy and understanding of friends, sometimes one may need support to work through it in a positive way.

It is quite normal to feel anger, guilt, fear and depression as well as the awful pain of loss. These feelings need to be expressed rather than repressed, to be talked out, cried over and put in some sort of perspective. It helps the healing process to talk with a trained listener and confront the very strong feelings associated with grief. Many Bethany members have themselves been bereaved. They are trained to listen with understanding. They accept those suffering loss as they are, and support them through the grieving process.

The Bethany Bereavement Support Group offers the following supports to those in our community that have been bereaved:

Group Support is offered by trained Bethany members, to provide the bereaved with an opportunity to share their experiences in complete confidence. Each person is given the opportunity to speak about his/her bereavement but there is no obligation to do so. One is free to say as little or as much as she/he wishes.

One-to-one support is also provided at the monthly meetings. Alternatively if anyone wishes to speak to a trained Bethany listener they can do so at anytime by contacting any of the Bethany team listed.

Home visits: on occasion, the Bethany Group members will offer support to those who may not be in a position to avail of the other support services offered.

This is a free, confidential service.

Meetings are held twice monthly in the new Parish Centre in the grounds of St. Mary’s Junior National School in Blessington. Meetings take place on the 1st Friday of each month from 10.00am to 11.00am and on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 8.00pm to 9.00pm.

For information about the Blessington Bethany Bereavement Support Group please contact any member of the team:

Mary L
087 693 6634
087 632 1631
087 120 4810
087 280 9444
087 233 2396

or contact the Parish Office 045-865327.

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