Our Pop Up Cafés were launched in 2019 to offer a friendly place out in the community to pop along and find others who may have been through a similar bereavement. Since March we have been running our Virtual Cafes while we are all in lock-down during the Coronavirus crisis.
The purpose of the Good Grief Pop Up Café is to offer an umbrella of support in local communities and raise awareness of our online database which unite bereavement services across the country. We provide both the bereaved and bereavement specialists, a way to connect with their local communities and by sharing stories, can hopefully help each other find a way forward.
We are delighted that we will be starting to open our Pop Up Cafes once again out in the community, as the restrictions start to ease.
If you would like to support anyone locally who is grieving, by setting up a Cafe event, please email us firstname.lastname@example.org for details on ordering our Good Grief Umbrellas, bases and Cafes Packs.
VIRTUAL GOOD GRIEF CAFES
Online Support during the Coronavirus Crisis
Due to the current Coronavirus Crisis and lock-down, we have been unable to open our actual umbrellas and set up our usual Pop Up Cafes.
Since March we have been running Virtual Cafes and will continue to offer this online face to face support.
As the restrictions ease, we are now beginning to plan the reopening of our Pop Up Cafes out in the community. Please keep popping back for updates.
VIRTUAL GOOD GRIEF POP UP CAFE
Bringing the Bereaved Community Together
Our Virtual Cafes are run by the bereaved for the bereaved and provide a relaxed safe space via Zoom, which is an easy way to login to an online meeting via your phone or laptop/desktop.
There is no right or wrong way to grieve, but in these challenging times while we are all in lock-down due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we know that many of you will be struggling and will feel alone and isolated in your homes. These Cafes are a way of meeting up with others who will understand as they have been through a recent bereavement, or they may have lost someone a while ago and just want to chat and share thoughts about how they are feeling.
Regular Sunday and Wednesday Virtual Cafes - 12 noon - 1pm
We want you to know that we are here and by bringing us together online, we hope to offer a virtual hug over a cup of tea in our own homes. You are most welcome to pop along for a chat, stay as long as you would like, or sit in and say nothing, but just listen, whatever feels right for you is fine.
These Cafes are safe, private meeting places run via Zoom and will send you a password and login details.
We want to make you feel comfortable and able to open up about your grief with others who understand.
Please book your place here Hello@nullthegoodgrieftrust.org
We look forward to meeting you. Diana and Team
Regular Weekly COVID19 Cafes - Friday 12noon - 1pm
These Cafes are for anyone newly bereaved through the COVID19 crisis. They offer a safe, private meeting place run via Zoom to meet others who have been through a similar experience during this difficult time.
We understand that it will be very early days for you and that your grief will be raw and painful. It may take a leap of faith to book a place at our Cafe, but our experience with every person who comes along, is that they have gained so much from meeting others who understand. Please give us a try. You are not alone.
Please book your place here Hello@nullthegoodgrieftrust.org
We look forward to meeting you. Diana and Team
Virtual Student Cafe
We know that many students and sixth formers who are due to to go to university this year, may be at home struggling with their grief during this lockdown.
This Cafe is run by the bereaved for the bereaved. Our Young Ambassador Honor will host, together with Georgia. They are both students and have experienced a significant loss. We hope to bring you together with others who are grieving and to build a network and community across all UK universities to help each other through the difficult times with peer support.
Please book your place via Hello@nullthegoodgrieftrust.org
We will send you the Zoom password and link.
Cafe organisers & Volunteers
Latest Update: As COVID19 restrictions ease, we are delighted to be able to offer our Cafe Packs again.
Inside each Pack is a selection of goodies so you can run your own event and choose when and where the Cafe will open. You may choose to run the Cafe on a regular basis, and/or for one off events to promote a local service, or act as a fundraiser for your own organisation.
Contents: Bunting, stickers, 30 no. Good Grief cards, Good Grief umbrella and base
Open our branded Good Grief umbrella, with it's lightweight portable base and decorate your venue with our bunting. Give out stickers and our Good Grief cards to your attendees. Digital empty belly posters are available to download, print and display details on your events.
Please email us if you are interested in ordering a pack (£65) and joining our mailing list and we will send you full details with a set up guide. Hello@nullthegoodgrieftrust.org
Thank you for helping to support your community through their grief.
We want to send our heartfelt thanks this wonderful charity for their incredibly kind donation of £4,400 towards our Virtual Cafe initiative and the production of our Good Grief Cards. We are extremely grateful, as this is the second time Freddie's Wish have supported our work. They also donated £10,000 in 2019 to help us launch and drive forward our Pop Up Cafes in the Community.
This donation was emergency funding to help our charity meet the immediate needs of those bereaved during the current Coronavirus crisis.
Freddie’s Wish is a registered charity with love at it’s heart, wanting to help those who have lost a child of any age and offer support and care when needed. This charity has been set up because Charlotte Jolliffe's son, Freddie, was sadly taken from her in a tragic car accident in December 2014.
Please click here to visit their website for more information about their support for bereaved parents.
POP UP CAFE CALENDAR 2019
Bringing the Community Together
Our next Pop Up Cafes will be held in:
Venue: Mercato Metropolitano,
42 Newington Causeway, London SE1 6DR
Saturday 16th March - 2pm - 4.30pm
Drop in - pop by for a cup of tea, delicious Italian coffee & cake
Saturday 20th April - 2pm - 4.30pm - (Easter Egg Hunt)
Drop in - if you would like to take part in our Easter Egg Hunt, please book a place email@example.com
Monday October 21st - 2pm - 4pm
Mercato Metropolitano - Good Grief Cookery Class & Cafe
We have another of our very popular Good Grief Cookery Classes & Pop Up Cafe planned for October 21st, to be held in Mercato Metropolitano. This market is full of stalls selling delicious Italian treats, it has live music and lots of interesting and tasty Italian foodie places to try. It's also got a fab little back street cinema as well.
Café run by My Sister’s House, the only women’s centre in West Sussex, My Sisters’ House is a grassroots organisation set up in August 2014 by a group of local women. Embedded in the Bognor Regis community, we work across the coastal area of West Sussex. They provide a wide range of support needs to women from all backgrounds facing all kinds of issues where their strengths are recognised, their difficulties acknowledged and where they can achieve positive change they are proud of. They are delighted to join the Good Grief Pop Up café initiative and look forward to welcoming any women who feels they need to share their grief and loss with like-minded women. Their kitchen table ethos matches this initiative perfectly where informal support, tea & talk work works wonders.
- Sunday 10 November 2019 between 2-4pm
- Sunday 8 December 2019 between 2-4pm
- Sunday 12 January between 2-4pm
- Sunday 9 February between 2-4pm
- Sunday 8 March between 2-4pm
Venue: Option Ve - Vegetarian and vegan 108 Mayfield Grove, Harrogate, HG1 5EY Friday 8th November 3pm until 5pm. Thereafter first Friday in the month 3pm until 5pmWe are launching a monthly Pop Up Café to offer a friendly place out in the community to pop along and find others who may have been through a similar bereavement. Come and join us for a cuppa and a piece of cake - all are welcome! Parking: either in surrounding streets 2 hrs with parking disk or 5 mins walk away near Grove Road Primary School
Venue: God's Providence House,
12 St Thomas' St,
Newport Isle of Wight PO30 1SL
The first Pop Up Cafe will take place on:
- Wednesday 11th September 2019 between 2.30pm and 4pm
- Wednesday 2nd October between 2.30pm and 4pm
- Wednesday 13th November between 2.30pm and 4pm
- Wednesday 11th December between 2.30pm and 4pm
Venue: Green Room,
Ventnor PO38 1EJ
The Pop Up Cafe will take place on:
- Thursday 3rd October 2019 between 2.30pm and 4pm
- Thursday 7th November between 2.30pm and 4pm
Drop-in Community Café,
West Wight Sports and Community Centre,
- Tuesday 26th November 10 - 12.30
Monkton Arts and Lounge Coffee Bar,
The Pop Up Cafe will take place on:
- Thursday November 7th 11.30 - 3.30
- Thursday December 5th 11.30 - 3.30
Pop Up Cafe St Mary's Hospital Newport
The Pop Up Cafe will take place on Monday December 16th 9.30 - 11.30. Please join us at St Mary's Hospital in the Conference Room upstairs by the main Restaurant. This will be the Launch of The Good Grief Trust Cards and Information in the Isle of Wight NHS Trust. There will be a short Memorial Service in the Hospital Chapel after. There will also be cards to write the name of Loved Ones and Tea Lights to light for Remembrance. Tea and Coffee will also be available.
We held our first Pop Up Cafe at this fabulous central London Italian indoor outdoor market. Over 20 people came along, with and without their children who were at all different stages of their grief. We ate cake, dunked delicious Italian biscotti and even made pasta together in a brilliant Cookery Class.
It was a relaxed few hours spent in the company of others who 'get it'. The warmth, understanding and empathy everyone had for each other was just really lovely to be part of........we hope you will join us soon x
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24 HOUR SUPPORT LINES
|Samaritans||116 123 (UK)||For anyone at anytime for any reason|
|Childline||0800 1111||Support for 18yrs & under and their relatives|
|Silverline||0800 470 8090||Support for the over 50's|
DAY/EVENING SUPPORT LINES
|COVID-19 Bereavement National Helpline||0800 2600 400||New helpline offering support, guidance and signposting during the crisis - 8am - 8pm|
|Cruse||0808 808 1677||Nationwide bereavement support|
|Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland||0845 600 2227||Thursday 8am-10pm and Friday 8am-4pm.|
|Child Bereavement UK||0800 02 88840||Helpline (9 - 5pm)|
|Child Death Helpline||0800 282 986|
0808 800 6019
|Every evening 7-10pm|
Mon/Thurs/Fri - 10am - 1pm
Tues/Wed - 10am - 4pm
|Grief Talk||0808 802 0111||Support for anyone to Grieftalk from any phone for free|
Monday to Friday 9am - 9pm
Have a 1-2-1 CHAT live session with a Grieftalk counsellor
|Bereavement Advice Centre||0800 634 9494||Practical advice (9 - 5pm)|
|Bereavement Trust||0800 435 455||Emotional and practical advice (6 - 10pm)|
|DrugFam||0300 888 3853||Drug and Alcohol addiction |
The helpline line is available between 9am and 9pm seven days a week.
|Sands||0808 164 3332||9.30am - 5.30pm Mon to Fri and 9.30am - 9.30pm Tues and Thurs evenings|
Free confidential helpline for anyone affected by the death of a baby.
|Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide||0300 111 5065||9am-9pm every day|
|Breathing space Scotland Helpline for when it becomes difficult to cope||0800 838587|
Monday to Thursday - 6pm - 2am
Friday 6pm - 6am
|The Compassionate Friends||0345 123 2304|
Open every day 10 am – 4 pm, 7-10 pm
|The Lullaby Trust||0808 802 6868|
Monday - Friday, 10 am – 5 pm
|The Greater Manchester Suicide Bereavement Information Service|
|0161 983 0700||Open Monday – Friday, 10am-4pm|
The Good Grief Project-The Good Grief Project offer nuggets of hope and comfort for the newly bereaved
Bereaved Parent Support Day- Support days for anyone who has lost a child at any age
Royal College of Psychiatrists - Information about feelings immediately after a bereavement
Marie Curie Wellbeing Advice- Some practical advice on looking after yourself immediately after the death of a loved one
Sue Ryder Online Community - is an online peer support service where bereaved people can exchange messages, share their feelings and support each other. It is monitored and moderated by Sue Ryder to ensure it remains a safe and supportive environment. It is available to any bereaved person aged 18 or over.
Find local support
Please help us with a donation towards our work during these challenging times.
Our funding has been drastically cut due to events being cancelled.
It is VITAL that we ensure anyone bereaved during this crisis is signposted to a choice of IMMEDIATE support for their grief.
The Grief Garden Path
Julie has written this insightful and heartfelt book from a powerful place. A place that has a true depth of understanding, derived from her lived experience and empathy for those who are affected by the death of someone they love. She offers hope, guidance and a unique way of encouraging us to think about our ‘garden’, our ‘life’, that she believes needs tending with care and regular watering.
Losing a son to suicide: A poetic journey through grief
Simply losing a child would have been difficult enough, but once you add suicide tothe equation it can almost seem insurmountable. But it is possible to weather this storm and learn to live again.
Not That Kind of Love
A year after the death of his beloved sister, Wise talks about caring for Clare in her last days, and the blog, now a book, they wrote together
Rowan Williams-This book is hardly a preparation for grief – how could it be. But it is a helpful insight into what grief looks like from inside. That knowledge alone will help you avoid delivering the kind of crass statement, insensitive comment and crushing platitude that – even with the best intention, invariably only makes things worse.
Are You Sad Little Bear?
Rachel Rivett- a beautifully written little book to help explain the death of a grandparent to young children
Grief Diaries: How to Help the Newly Bereaved
Linda Cheldelin Fell-a guide full of useful tips to answer questions about what to say, what to do, and what not to say to someone facing loss.
The Grief Survival Guide: How to navigate loss and all that comes with it
Jeff Brazier-provides guidance and advice to the bereaved from personal experience
The Last Act of Love: The Story of My Brother and His Sister
Cathy Rentzenbrink-. Told after her brother died, aged 16. It’s a story for anyone who has ever watched someone suffer or lost someone they loved or lived through a painful time that left them forever changed. Told with boundless warmth and affection (Amazon)
Beyond Tomorrow- The essential Guide to life after bereavement
Judy Carole Kaufmann-The period following the death of a loved one can be a time of great turmoil. This sensitive book acts as a helpful and supportive road map through the initial period of loss, and through the weeks and months that follow.
Roark McMaster- The story is written and presented in the format of an illustrated story. It is written to provide comfort and hope to parents, siblings, and families that have experienced loss. The book is written by: Daddy, for Mummy. It could be written by any Daddy for any Mummy that has been through this type of trauma. The book has space for a parent to add their child s name and commit the book to his or her memory.
See you Soon:A Mother’s Story of Drugs, Grief and Hope
Phillipa Skinner-This book is a honest and reflective account of a mother’s story as she faces up to and lives through her son’s death from a heroin overdose in 2007. Skinner is writing for those who are bereaved, those seeking to support people who are, and also, more specifically, for people affected by addiction – whether through a family member, friend or a personal struggle.
Life Touches Life: A Mother’s Story of Stillbirth and Healing
Lorraine Ash-Ash discusses the inner changes she faced after the stillbirth of her daughter and delves into spiritual questions that shook her soul. The final message: Epiphanies emerge from the stuff of everyday experience. Hope is here.
Holy Innocents: Grieving for the Death of a Baby
Margaret Sparshott- This book describes the physical and individual development of the newborn; the different stages of bereavement and how they relate to death before, during, and after birth; and ways in which bereaved parents and other members of the family may be supported by friends, and members of the different professions. Special attention is paid to the beliefs of major religions and how they view the spirituality and death of a baby and minister to the bereaved family.
Grief in Young Children- A Handbook for Adults
Atle Dyregov-For years, I have strongly advised adults to read Grief in Children because I believe it is the most sympathetically written and accessible book on the topic. It is the thoughtful distillation of many years’ clinical experience of working with bereaved children and their families
A Beastly Burden
Merel Barends-When I was a teenager, my younger brother took his own life. I never saw it coming.
Twenty years too late, I am figuring out how I could have helped him.
An Empty Chair: Living in the wake of a sibling’s suicide
Sara Swan Miller- too often, the grief and bewilderment of surviving siblings is simply ignored, leaving the bereaved siblings feeling even more abandoned. The accounts of siblings’ experiences in this book are based on interviews with more than thirty people from all over the United States, as well as the author’s own experience of losing a sister to suicide.
History of a Suicide: my sister’s unfinished life
Jill Bialosky-The author presents an account of her sister’s suicide, and the lifelong impact that the suicide has had on her own life and the lives of the other members of her family.
Tips from widows
Jan Robinson-It is like a crib sheet of how to cope; it is as helpful to friends of widows as to the widows themselves, and it is written from experience, which is the bedrock of reliable advice
Thinking Out Loud: Love, Grief and Being Mum and Dad
Rio Ferdinand-after the sudden and tragic loss of his wife Rebecca to cancer. Written to help others through their grief, he shares, openly and honestly, the hard journey he’s on with his three young children and the support and advice that’s getting them through.
Peter Speck and Ian Ainsworth Smith- this book holds a central place within the pastoral literature for carers of the dying or bereaved. Since publication of the first edition, research and new multi-professional approaches to care require more than ever that those in ministry develop a good grasp of current understanding and models of grief
Living with Loss and Grief: Letting Go, Moving on (Overcoming Common Problems)
Julia Tugendhat-Grief and loss come in many different forms, from the searing pain when a loved one dies, to the necessary mourning for lost dreams and changed ideals at different life stages. After loss, people cannot be as they were before, but they can adapt to the changed circumstances and go on from there. This book looks at ways of grieving and the factors which help the grieving process.
Death… And How To Survive It: A unique, practical and uplifting guide to coming to terms with the loss of your partner
Kate Boydell-was widowed at the age of 33. She felt that her life had lost its purpose and she wanted it to end. But she got through it – and so can everyone. In this down-to-earth, practical, insightful and often humorous guide, Kate draws on her own experience of bereavement to offer frank advice on coping with every aspect of the grieving process.
Widow to Widow: Thoughtful, Practical Ideas For Rebuilding Your Life
Genevieve Davis Ginsburg- widow, author, and therapist offers fellow widows-as well as their family and friends-sage advice for coping with the loss of a husband
I’m Grieving as Fast as I Can
Linda Feinberg-A guide for young widows and widowers through the normal grieving proccess that highlights the special circumstances of an untimely death. Young widows and widowers share thoughts and dilemmas about losing a loved one, what to tell young children experiencing a parent’s death, returning to work and dealing with in-laws.
When Bad things Happen in Good bikinis
Helen Bailey-takes her readers with her on her journey through life after the inconceivable loss of her husband – accompanied by her faithful dachshund, Boris. Honest, searing, yet often laugh-out-loud funny, this is a compelling story of a marriage, and a truly life-affirming testament to the power of survival.
Grief is a Thing with Feathers
Max Porter-two young boys face the unbearable sadness of their mother’s sudden death. In this moment of despair they are visited by Crow – antagonist, trickster, healer, babysitter. This sentimental bird is drawn to the grieving family and threatens to stay until they no longer need him
6 Word Lessons on Coping with Grief
Living with Loss- A guide for the recently widowed
Liz Taylor-a survival guide for a widow following her journey to inner peace
The Courage to Grieve
Judy Tatelbaum-expert advice on how to cope with loss and bereavement
The Empty Bed-Bereavement and the Loss of Love
Susan Wallbank- describes the feelings of love and intimacy following the death of her husband
You’ll Get Over It
Virginia Ironside- A very frank observation of grief and loss
The Early Days
David Nuttall, finding support in the early days
The Grief Book
Debbie Moore helps you to understand and manage your grief
Option B by Sheryl Sandberg is a much publicised journey of grief and loss
Julia Samuel, discusses her work as a therapist