Bereavement group to double its service
Cambuslang support group to meet each week
An organisation offering support to those who have lost a loved one is set to increase its service.
The Cambuslang Bereavement Support Group have decided to meet once a week rather than the current set-up of the first and third Wednesday of each month.
Since being set up two years ago, the group have helped dozens of local people comes to terms with the death of a family member or friend.
Co-ordinator Isobel Allan MBE told the Reformer that, while numbers were manageable, they felt the move to a weekly service would encourage more people to attend.
And she reckons the fact many people who go along return to the group proves there is a need for a service of this kind in the town.
She said: “We are not overwhelmed with people, but most weeks there will be someone.
“The reason we have gone weekly is it can be hard for folk to remember if it’s the first and third Wednesday of the month. We’ve had folk turning up on weeks we haven’t been on.”
She added: “There’s nothing like this in the Cambuslang area.
“Groups like ( bereavement charity) Cruse, who are marvellous, can have waiting lists and offer counselling.
“We offer listening and support services and this will make it easier for people to drop in so we can provide a safe venue for people to be able to talk about those they loved, whether it’s from the present or the past.
“The fact people are still coming and some are coming back makes me believe there is a need for this in the area.
“Hopefully it’s a helpful service and it will be interesting to see how we do, now we’re going weekly.”
Isobel’s own background is in grief counselling.
There are a total of nine volunteers working with the group, with a minimum of two on at any time during a session.
Looking back on the past two years, Isobel reckons it’s hard to quantify the success of the group, saying: “It’s a strange service, we can’t really evaluate how successful it is and it would be insensitive to do so. I suppose the fact some people return is a sign we are helping.
“We’re not talking about massive amounts of people, but I always think if we can help just one or two folk we have done really well.”
The group meet between 10am and 12pm in the Morrison Room of Cambuslang Parish Church in Arnott Way every Wednesday, but Isobel is keen to point out they are not a church group.
She said: “You do not have to have a church connection to come along. We just meet in the church because it is available.
“It is very informal and confidential. People need a safe space, especially when they are very vulnerable.”
She added: “When you’ve lost someone close, no matter when, if you talk about it then you are vulnerable.”
People come back so we must be helping
Co-ordinator Isobel Allan MBE