The Wayfinders Walk­ing Group

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update -

SUE Ry­derthorpe Hall Hospice also of­fers peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to join a walk­ing group – the Wayfinders.

This is an in­for­mal op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple who have been be­reaved to so­cialise with oth­ers in an at­mos­phere of un­der­stand­ing and sup­port.

Some peo­ple may find be­reave­ment ses­sions quite in­tense at times. The walk­ing group of­fers an in­for­mal en­vi­ron­ment where peo­ple can share their thoughts and ex­pe­ri­ence if they wish or sim­ply en­joy some time out­doors.

The group meets monthly in the beau­ti­ful sur­round­ings of Ferry Mead­ows Coun­try Park, where the paths are also suit­able for wheel­chair users and peo­ple have a choice be­tween shorter or longer routes. Walk­ers are then in­vited to stay and have a cup of tea and a chat in the Water­sports Cen­tre Café if they wish.

Ju­dith Chap­man’s hus­band was cared for at Sue Ry­derthorpe Hall hospice. Af­ter his death Ju­dith ini­tially re­ceived one to one be­reave­ment ses­sions. Ju­dith said: “Ini­tially some­one was com­ing home to see me. I was then in­vited to join the sup­port group and the Wayfinders walk­ing group.

“I found both in­cred­i­bly ben­e­fi­cial. The at­mos­phere is more for­mal in the sup­port group and ses­sions can some­times be quite full on, while the walk­ing group feels more like a so­cial oc­ca­sion. Some­times it is eas­ier to open up and re­lax in a less struc­tured en­vi­ron­ment.

“We have lovely walks around the lake and it seems eas­ier to make friends while you are tak­ing in the sur­round­ings and chat­ting. The sup­port group and the Wayfinders group of­fer a good choice. Some­times some peo­ple may find the sup­port group ses­sions too in­tense, but will at­tend reg­u­larly the walk­ing group”.

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