GREENACRES ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH THE GOOD GRIEF TRUST
August 5, 2021
GreenAcres, the award-winning cemetery and ceremonial park group, has launched a new partnership with leading bereavement charity, The Good Grief Trust, which will see a series of pop-up cafés opening across the UK, to provide support for bereaved local communities and families.
The Good Grief Cafés will initially launch in August at four GreenAcres parks: Heatherley Wood (Hampshire), Kemnal (South East London), Chiltern (Buckinghamshire) and Epping Forrest (Essex), before being rolled out across the GreenAcres Group.
Designed to offer an umbrella of support to local communities, the Good Grief Cafés at GreenAcres will be run by trained Good Grief Trust volunteers who have all been bereaved themselves, to connect and signpost people to services across the country and help them find a way forward.
The Good Grief Trust was founded in 2016 by Linda Magistris, to help all those affected by grief in the UK. It is the country’s leading bereavement network, bringing together over 800 charities and support services.
Commenting on the partnership, Andy Tait, CEO of GreenAcres said: “Our families value the highly personalised services that we provide at the difficult time of losing a loved one and we pride ourselves in offering support to our diverse local communities, across all faiths and beliefs. An integral part of that is providing a sanctuary for reflection and remembrance through our peaceful, spacious parks.
“Our partnership with the Good Grief Trust is an important opportunity for us to build on our existing support for families. We believe that the Good Grief Cafés will provide a hugely valuable opportunity for people to come together to share experiences, support one another and access guidance and resources.”
Linda Magistris, Founder and CEO of the Good Grief Trust added, “Grief can be complicated, but access to support should never be. Our vision is to ensure that no-one grieving feels alone and that they know where to find tailored help from day one.
“By hosting monthly Good Grief Cafés across GreenAcres’ parks, we will be able to extend our support for the bereaved, and continue to build strong local networks that will enable people to access peer-to-peer support alongside professional guidance and services.”
Laraine from Buckinghamshire lost her mother in 2017 and welcomed the launch of the Good Grief Cafés. She commented, “The support from GreenAcres’ compassionate and empathetic team really helped me through my own bereavement journey when my mother died. Being able to talk about grief and connect to other people who understand the impact that it can have is so incredibly important, and I believe that resources such as the Good Grief Cafés will help people in my situation for years to come.”
The first Good Grief Cafés will take place at GreenAcres Heatherley Wood Park and Kemnal Park on Saturday 7th August, from 10am – 12 noon, followed by GreenAcres Chiltern Park on 12th August from 5pm – 7pm, and GreenAcres Epping Forrest Park on 28th August from 10am – 12 noon.
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