The death of someone we love can be devastating. It is the most painful and complex loss we are ever likely to experience. It challenges our ability to adapt to life without our loved one and the broken emotional ties leave us with a deep sense of sorrow and emptiness. Our grief may seem unbearable.
Sooner or later grief comes to us all. We all have to journey through the grieving process - the shock, the numbness, the disbelief, the anger, the dread, the pain, the guilt, the endless searching questions, until we reach that new beginning and start to live the life that’s left.
Grief is the sum of our emotional and psychological responses to the loss. It is not however an illness but a natural healing and restorative process. Although there are many factors which can modify its expression, grief generally runs a fairly predictable course. It sometimes helps to know what lies ahead. It also helps to share your experience with others whether on a one-to-one basis or as part of a group.
What the Service Offers
Quiet Waters offers you the opportunity to share your experience of grief in a safe, confidential and supportive environment. Our aim is to facilitate the grieving process – to help you make sense of the painful and bewildering array of emotional, psychological and physical responses to bereavement, and to help you adapt to the loss.
Support Groups and one-to-one counselling are available for adults over the age of eighteen.
There is no magic formula which will take the pain away, but by listening to one another and respecting each other's experience it is possible to lessen the sense of isolation, chaos and despair that is often felt after the loss of a loved one.
To benefit from the group experience, individuals need to be able to bear hearing other people's grief as well as to risk speaking about their own. This requires the individual to gain some control over the initial rawness of their grief. It may take several weeks from the time of the bereavement to gain the required distance.
Support groups meet monthly at the offices of Quiet Waters in Falkirk and last from one to one and a half hours
While grief is a normal response to loss and many, with the help of family and friends, find the resources to adapt and adjust to life without their loved one, for others the process can be more complex and challenging.
One-to-one support is available for those who require this additional level of support or intervention to facilitate their grief and promote their well-being. The support would normally be offered every two weeks at our offices in Camelon.
How much does it Cost?
There is no charge for the service offered.
Each one-to-one session, however, costs Quiet Waters around £25, including those cancelled at short notice. Gifts and contributions of all amounts, large or small, are therefore welcomed from those who feel they have benefited from the service and wish to see it continue to help others.
How Do I Join A Group Or Make An Appointment?
Appointments can be arranged by calling our Practice Manager on 01324 670 600 between 9:00am and 1:00pm on a Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, and 9:00 - 5:00 on a Tuesday.
When you call, you will be offered an initial interview to review your needs and make the necessary arrangements for you to join a group or to meet with one of our counsellors.