Here at Maggie's, we don't just provide support for people living with cancer, we help their friends and family too. Whether this is as a carer, or as a family member who has lost a loved one.
Our carers' support group is a monthly addition to our programme, for carers to come together and share their experiences and reflections, and to receive support. The group meets on the last Thursday of the month and is facilitated by the centre psychologist.
Louise, our Cancer Support Specialist says:
Many people who are caring for someone with a cancer diagnosis feel very isolated and being able to meet other people in a similar situation can feel reassuring. With the group faciliated by our Psychologist, Andrea, we are also able to equip people with techniques to manage the associated stresses and worries of being a carer.
It's a sad reality that in some cases, carers and families will lose a loved one. In these situations, support from family and friends in the first few weeks and months can help a person deal with the immediate shock. However it's often after this period of time that the reality of the loss sets in, and this is when grief can truly come to the fore.
We have now added a new six week bereavement support course to our programme here at Maggie's West London, again led by our Psychologist, Andrea, in conjunction with Angela Vincent, palliative care Clinical Nurse Specialist.
This course is specifically aimed at those who have been bereaved for more than three months. During these six weeks we will look at a variety of topics relating to the process of bereavement, helping people to find their way.
This course will run regularly, so please ask a member of the team if you are interested in attending.