Charity steps in to support the bereaved

March 20, 2018 6:39 pm Published by

Following the announcement that local charity Bereavement Matters (SABN) is closing, another charity has stepped in to support its clients.

The Counselling Foundation, based in St Albans, has opted to establish a specialist adult and children’s bereavement service to ensure the vital services are maintained in the community.

The Foundation’s CEO Robert Cuming, said his charity was looking forward to offering the service.

“We are delighted to be able to set up a specialist bereavement service, and build on the exceptional range of bereavement support that Bereavement Matters has developed,” he said.

“We want to ensure the continuation of these high quality services.”

The Foundation will welcome existing clients of Bereavement Matters who wish to continue their counselling as well as accept applications from new clients who self-refer or are signposted by their GPs.

Bereavement Matters Clinical Lead, Jo Spilling, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be working with the Foundation. Its size and reputation, combined with our unique services and valuable experience in providing bereavement support, will increase our ability to serve our community. The Foundation’s professionalism, expertise and willingness to support this new venture will enable this much-valued service to continue.”

Jo Spilling and many of Bereavement Matters’ counsellors will join the Foundation’s new bereavement service to ensure continuation of the current expertise and knowledge in bereavement support provision in St Albans and District for the future.

Bereavement and loss touch almost everyone at some point in their lives. It is particularly distressing for children to lose a parent but it is well recognised that the loss of a parent at any time of life can bring up feelings of great loss as well as issues about past relationships.

If you wish to contact the Foundation regarding bereavement or general counselling, please call 01727 868585 or visit

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The Counselling Foundation is a leading charity providing low cost, quality counselling and counsellor training and has now become one of the largest counselling and training centres outside London, with centres in Bedford, Broxbourne, Luton, St Albans and Stevenage. Its training centres run a professional psychodynamic counselling programme accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

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