Pop Up Good Grief Cafes

Our Pop Up Cafés were launched in 2019 to offer a friendly, informal place out in the community to pop along and find others who may have been through a similar bereavement.

Since March 2020 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.  Our aim is that those grieving who may feel isolated and alone in their grief will make vital new connections and find new friendships in their local area.

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.

If you would like to support anyone locally who is grieving, by setting up a Cafe event, please email us hello@nullthegoodgrieftrust.org for details on the process of joining our team of volunteeer cafe hosts.

 

 

GOOD GRIEF VIRTUAL AND POP UP CAFES

Our Virtual and Pop Up Cafes open regularly both online and in the community.

You are more than welcome to join - please see the details for our virtual Cafes below:

  • Wednesdays at 12pm to 1pm is open for anyone to attend.
  • Wednesdays at 7.30pm to 8.30pm is open to our LGBTQ community
  • Sunday evenings from 6pm to 7pm is our Moving Forward cafes, for those who are a less raw with their grief

Please email at hello@nullthegoodgrieftrust.org to register for all our Cafes.

All new members will receive our Good Grief Membership Pack and will be notified of updates, news and events throughout the year.

A few notes about our Cafes:

  • Our Cafes are open for anyone bereaved, to come together for a social gathering and share your experience with others who are grieving, in a kind, supportive environment.
  • Please respect others privacy in the group, by keeping any conversations shared, strictly confidential. We want everyone to feel relaxed and able to talk freely in the Cafe.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Our cafe hosts

Charmaine (National Cafe Co-ordinator)

I lost my son Ewan in May 2020, aged just 18. It was a very sudden, traumatic and unexpected death that turned our lives upside down. It affected the community and everyone that knew him or us as a family. I luckily had a lot of support from friends and family in the early days but as time went on it was difficult to talk to them about how I was feeling, so I reached out to the internet to see what support I could find. This is when I came across The Good Grief Trust website and facebook page. I saw they were running pop up grief cafes for the bereaved and enquired, but at the time there was nothing here in Cornwall.

Rach

My wife Kris, died at the end of November 2019, we had been together for 13 years had two kids, two dogs a lovely home and a life that was tough at times but great and I am so grateful for every minute, hour, week, month, and year we had together both good and bad.

Nicky

I lost my Mum on 8th December 2020. As an only child of a single mother, the loss is immense. My Mum and I were extremely close and shared a unique bond.

Michelle

For me, a positive pregnancy test fills me with fear and anxiety. I had eight pregnancies ending in loss at various stages between 2015 and 2021, each in different circumstances.

Having ten pregnancies in eleven years, with two living children born in 2011 and 2012, has been physically and emotionally challenging.

Pat

When my partner Mike died suddenly and unexpectedly, my world changed beyond anything I could have imagined. I can only describe it as like a bomb went off in my head. Mike went on holiday to Mexico and died in the sea. First I heard he was missing so I flew out there to look for him.

Najeeba

Hi, my name is Najeeba and I sadly lost my dad to COVID last April 2020. At the same I was struggling with PND and had a 12 week old baby to take care of in lockdown. I couldn't be with my dad when he was sick or when he passed, I couldn't go to the funeral and couldn't even hug my mum and this all had a profound impact on me, but then having to carry on taking care of a tiny baby 24/7 when my whole world fell apart was a living nightmare. Nobody understood how it felt and I felt so alone.

Liz & Tony

My husband Luke was diagnosed with a brain tumour in October 2016, just a few months after we had moved back to Cornwall. It was a glioblastoma, which is considered a terminal diagnosis because of the aggressive nature of the tumour. Luke had the tumour removed in October 2016, underwent radiotherapy and chemotherapy but the tumour returned in September 2018. Luke’s dying process and death was traumatic as we watched him lose his abilities; his memory, his speech, his mobility and everything that made him the man we knew. He died aged 46, dying at home as was his wish, after a brief spell in a hospice to try and manage his pain. But he died in a way he never wanted, without dignity and without choice and this continues to be a painful experience for those who watched him die.

Carol

My husband, Miles, died at the age of 50 in May 2019. Nothing prepared me for the shock of his sudden death; it had been caused by his addiction to alcohol. He was in total denial that he had a problem right up until the day he was admitted to hospital. He died just six days later.

Georgia

I am running the young person LGBTQ+ cafes and also the Good Grief young person cafes. I started volunteering for the Good Grief Trust a year ago after losing my brother suddenly in 2019. In the firstfew months after my brother passed, I found grief isolating and overwhelming and wanted to talk to other people who were my age and who had been in a similar position.

Faye

Hello my name is Faye and I’m honoured and privileged to be one of the volunteers helping to run the Good Grief Cafe alongside Kate and Claire. In May 2020 my world was turned upside down when my husband Mike was diagnosed with cancer. All of this was made so much harder to manage and cope with as we were in lockdown. Just 107 days later on 31st August, Mike died and my life changed from that very moment.

Kate

My name is Kate, I’m not quite 50 yet and in 2020 my youngest child Patrick died suddenly and unexpectedly (sudden Arrhythmogenic death).

I had never experienced grief and was totally unprepared for what I had to face. What I did learn quickly was how difficult other people found it to deal with and how hard it was for people to know what to do or say. Grief can be a very lonely place even when you are surrounded by people. For me this is a lifetime experience and I have to adjust to a future nobody would choose.

Claire

Hello, my name is Claire. A few years ago now my mum, Sheila and my sister, Mitch died within three months of each other of cancer. Mum was 69 and Mitch was 46.

I never really had time to grieve for my mum as I needed to be strong for Mitch. I cried many, many tears and six years down the line, a certain song will come on the radio and I’ll be in the kitchen, washing up, sobbing with tears streaming down my face. It took me a couple of years to look at photos of them but now I love the many memories and love we shared.

Bringing the Bereaved Community Together

Welcome everyone

Our Cafes are hosted by our volunteers and offer an informal group to meet out in the community to make local connections.

We know that many of you will be struggling and may feel alone and isolated in your grief.  These Cafes are a way of meeting up with others who will understand.  Others in the group may have been through a recent bereavement, or may have lost someone a while ago and just want to chat and share thoughts about how they are feeling.

Greenacres Partnership

Join the lovely team at Greenacres, and Good Grief volunteer hosts for a regular Pop Up Cafe at four Parkland sites.

You will find a friendly place, to make new connections in the local area, and meet others who are bereaved.

Learn more about these tranquil, beautiful venues here: https://www.greenacresgroup.co.uk/

Details of Cafes below - to register please scan the poster, or

email hello@nullthegoodgrieftrust.org 

Heatherley Wood

Join us at our Heatherley Wood Pop Up Grief cafes on the first Saturday of every month from 10am -12pm.
The Good Grief Trust are partnering with Greenacres Cemeteries & Ceremonial Parks to create community support for the bereaved by opening regular Pop Up Cafes in their beautiful parklands, and offer help and hope to those are bereaved.
Please register by using the QR code below or by emailing: hello@nullthegoodgrieftrust.org

Kemnal Park

Join us at our Kemnal Park Pop Up Grief cafes on the first Saturday of every month from 10am -12pm.
The Good Grief Trust are partnering with Greenacres Cemeteries & Ceremonial Parks to create community support for the bereaved by opening regular Pop Up Cafes in their beautiful parklands, and offer help and hope to those are bereaved.
Please register by using the QR code below or by emailing: hello@nullthegoodgrieftrust.org

Chiltern Park

Join us at our Chiltern Park Pop Up Grief cafes on second Thursday of every month from 5pm to 7pm.
The Good Grief Trust are partnering with Greenacres Cemeteries & Ceremonial Parks to create community support for the bereaved by opening regular Pop Up Cafes in their beautiful parklands, and offer help and hope to those are bereaved.
Please register by using the QR code below or by emailing: hello@nullthegoodgrieftrust.org

Epping Forest

Join us at our Epping Forest Pop Up Grief cafes on the last Saturday of the month from 10am - 12pm noon.
The Good Grief Trust are partnering with Greenacres Cemeteries & Ceremonial Parks to create community support for the bereaved by opening regular Pop Up Cafes in their beautiful parklands, and offer help and hope to those are bereaved.
Please register by using the QR code below or by emailing: hello@nullthegoodgrieftrust.org

Rainford

Join us at our Pop Up Grief Cafe on the last Thursday of the month - 5pm to 7pm at Rainford.
The Good Grief Trust are partnering with Greenacres Cemeteries & Ceremonial Parks to create community support for the bereaved by opening regular Pop Up Cafes in their beautiful parklands, and offer help and hope to those are bereaved.
Please register by using the QR code below or by emailing: hello@nullthegoodgrieftrust.org

GREENACRES GOOD GRIEF POP UP CAFE DATES AND DETAILS COMING SOON

2022 Calendar

Greenacres Kemnal Park

This Cafe opens every 1st Saturday of the month from 10 am to 12 pm on:

  • 5th February
  • 5th March
  • 2nd April
  • 7th May
  • 4th June
  • 2nd July
  • 6th August
  • 3rd September
  • 1st October
  • 5th November
  • 3rd December
Greenacres Heatherley Park

This Cafe opens every 1st Saturday of the month from 10 am to 12 pm on:

  • 5th February
  • 5th March
  • 2nd April
  • 7th May
  • 4th June
  • 2nd July
  • 6th August
  • 3rd September
  • 1st October
  • 5th November
  • 3rd December
Greenacres Chiltern Park

This Cafe opens every 2nd Thursday of the month from 5 pm to 7 pm on:

  • 13th January
  • 10th February
  • 10th March
  • 14th April
  • 12th May
  • 9th June
  • 14th July
  • 11th August
  • 8th September
  • 13th October
  • 10th November
  • 8th December
Greenacres Colney Park

This Cafe opens every 3rd Saturday of the month from 10 am to 12 pm on:

  • 15th January
  • 19th February
  • 19th March
  • 16th April
  • 21st May
  • 18th June
  • 16th July
  • 20th August
  • 17th September
  • 15th October
  • 19th November
  • 17th December
Greenacres Rainford Park

This Cafe opens every last Thursday of the month from 5 pm to 7 pm on:

  • 27th January
  • 24th February
  • 24th March
  • 28th April
  • 26th May
  • 30th June
  • 28th July
  • 25th August
  • 29th September
  • 27th October
  • 24th November
  • 29th December
Greenacres Epping Park

This Cafe opens every last Saturday of the month from 10 am to 12 pm on:

  • 29th January
  • 26th February
  • 26th March
  • 30th April
  • 28th May
  • 25th June
  • 30th July
  • 27th August
  • 24th September
  • 29th October
  • 26th November
  • 31st December

2021 Calendar

Witney

Venue: Fat Lils Cafe

64A Corn St, Witney OX28 6BS

The Witney cafe is on the second Thursday of every month from 3-5pm.

Bringing the Community Together

VIRTUAL CAFES

During the pandemic, we launched our weekly Virtual Cafes.

Please join us online on Zoom to connect with those who are bereaved and share stories with others who understand. These are relaxed, informal social gatherings, offering peer to peer support.

To register for a Cafe, please email us hello@nullthegoodgrieftrust.org 

Cafe organisers & Volunteers

As our Good Grief Pop Up Cafe initiative grows in popularity, we are developing partnerships with existing bereavement services across the UK to plug the gaps in community support.

If you are interested to work with us in 2022 and open a Good Grief Pop Up Cafe within your organisation, please get in touch.

We are always looking for local volunteers to join our team as well, so we would love to hear from you.

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: Good Grief parasol and base, bunting, stickers, 30 no. Good Grief cards, empty belly posters.

Digital empty belly posters are available to download, print and display.

Please email us for more details: Hello@nullthegoodgrieftrust.org

Thank you for helping to support your community through their grief.

 

THANKYOU! - Freddie's Wish

We want to send our heartfelt thanks this wonderful charity for their incredibly kind donation of £4,400 to help continue launching new Cafes and for 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.

freddieswish.org

 

 

Our Pop Up Cafes launched in 2018. Here are some of our venues:

London
Venue: Mercato Metropolitano - Italian Market.
Bognor Regis
Café run by My Sister’s House, the only women’s centre in West Sussex.
Harrogate
Venue: OPTION V - Vegetarian and vegan restaurant.
Isle of Wight

Venue:

  • God's Providence House - Newport
  • Green Room - Ventor
  • Drop-in Community Café - Freshwater
  • Monkton Arts and Lounge Coffee Bar - Ryde
  • St Mary's Hospital - Newport

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