The Bethany Bereavement Support Group is a voluntary parish based ministry which aims to help the bereaved and grieving.

Rathmines Bethany Support Group was formed in 2004 and has been offering bereavement support to parishioners and non parishioners alike. Attendances at the group meetings and one to one support sessions has been consistent over the years and many people have found great comfort and support from the Bethany group while going through the grieving process.

The name Bethany recalls the visit of Jesus to Mary and Martha on the death of their brother Lazarus.

Although grieving is a natural process which can be helped by the sympathy and understanding of friends, sometimes one may need support to work through it in a positive way. Friends don't always know how to help; they may be embarrassed by one's grief; they may even avoid meeting one in the mistaken belief that a meeting may increase distress.

It is quite normal to feel anger, guilt, fear and depression as well as the awful pain of loss. These feelings need to be expressed rather than repressed, to be talked out, cried over and put in some sort of perspective.

It helps the healing process to talk with a trained listener and confront the very strong feelings associated with grief.

Many Bethany members have themselves been bereaved. They are trained to listen with understanding. They accept those suffering loss as they are, and support them through the grieving process.

We meet on 3rd Thursday of each month in St Mary's community Centre, Rathmines, Dublin 6

and provide services such as:

• Home visits,

• Telephone support

• Group support meetings

• One to one support sessions

If you wish to join you can attend an Information night and for interview. If accepted training is provided and attendance is one night per week for twelve weeks and an all day commitment on one Saturday.

For more information contact:

Anne Butler 087-2050514

Eilish Docherty 01-4976847

Mary Clear 01-4971502

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