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Group gives chance to discuss concerns among tea and tissues

Climate, addiction and bereavement were just three topics of discussion at the latest Loss Conversation meeting in Bognor Regis.

 

Hosted by Antonia Rolls and Gillian Lake, the informal group started meeting two months ago on Wednesday, and has been very successful so far.

 

No topic is off limits as the group members discuss not only the loss of loved ones, but also their struggles with addiction, climate change, loss of youth or any other worries.

 

Gillian said: “It is nice to find a community space where we can have a group of people whon feel comfortable enough that they can confide in us, and with eachother.

 

“It’s about having a safe space to have a good, meaningful conversation.”

 

The consensus of opinion was clear at Wednesday’s meeting – that it’s important to discuss and air your concerns and worries.

 

Gillian and Antonia provide a judgment-free listening ear. In their opinion, the three most important factors for their Loss Conversations are that the meetings are confidential, compassionate, and community based.

 

“We want it to be a space open to everybody, where people can come and feel comfortable,” said Antonia.

 

The group thanked Jacqui Ermis at the Co-op Funeral Care who provided the venue for the meeting in Canada Grove.

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