The Wayfinders Walking Group
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”.