Being Bereaved by Suicide

When someone takes their own life we may feel an intense range of emotions.  It is a sudden, usually unexpected event which is traumatic and may even be violent.  These feelings can include anger, shame, blame, guilt, betrayal, fear and intense sadness. Many questions may haunt us such as “Why did they do it?”, “Could […]

Anticipatory Grief

Anticipatory Grief

Grief does not just occur when someone has died or we have lost something precious to us and it doesn’t always just begin at the moment of death or loss. We can find ourselves grieving a long time before someone actually dies, this is known as anticipatory grief. The grieving process can begin as we […]

Christmas…..a time to remember

Christmas is often a time that magnifies feelings of loss and grief, and it can be difficult to decide how best to make space for those feelings when there are so many demands on your time and so many things that need doing. We often work with our clients, all through the year, to find […]

The Deep Midwinter

We’re told that Christmas is a joyous season, filled with laughter, family, friends, presents, eating and drinking too much and generally making merry. But we all know that’s not really the case for everyone, especially this year… For many, Christmas is a time of year that acts like a magnifying glass – it can make […]

TSB Charity Partnership Programme

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TSB Bank select the Dove Service to be their chosen charity within 6 of their UK branches, forming part of their 2020/22 Charity Partnership Programme. We are delighted to announce that we have signed a two year fundraising partnership with TSB Bank, running until November 2022, helping to raise vital funds to support the work […]

Alleviating Isolation Group (NEW)

We are pleased to announce the launch of our *NEW* weekly support group ‘Alleviating Isolation’ for adults who have been affected by grief and loss and who may be struggling with the impact of COVID-19. The group will be held every Wednesday from 1.30pm to 2.30pm online via Zoom and will be facililitated by our […]

Angels do exist

Following the loss of her baby in 2017 through miscarriage, Chiara Barbaro reached out to the Dove Service for support and now hopes that by sharing her story, it will help others going through similar circumstances and to know that they can reach out… Life has taught me that angels exist. Not the kind of […]

Grieving during Isolation

Going into ‘lockdown’ once again has made many people feel more isolated, particularly with the change in weather. Grieving in isolation can make loss feel magnified, but social distancing doesn’t have to mean social isolation. Don’t make contact impossible If you’re used to being the life and soul of the party, you might feel that […]

We can’t wait to ‘welcome back’ our Dove Buddies

We are delighted to announce our Dove Buddies group will return online from September 2020 – welcoming back our old clients and hopefully, some new ones along the way.  Dove Buddies is our social/friendship group for adults who have experienced a bereavement or for those who may be struggling with social connections, loneliness and isolation. […]

National Lottery Community Fund helps us to provide additional counselling service

The Dove Service have been awarded funding via the National Lottery Community Fund, enabling us to offer additional grief counselling & support during the COVID-19 pandemic.   The National Lottery Community Fund (who distribute more than £600 million each year to communities across the UK), have provided funding to allow us to set up a […]