GreenAcres, a cemetery and ceremonial park group, has launched a new partnership with bereavement charity, The Good Grief Trust, which will see a series of pop-up cafés open across the UK, to provide support for local communities and families.
The charity cafés will initially launch in August 2021 at four GreenAcres parks in Heatherley Wood (Hampshire), Kemnal (South East London), Chiltern (Buckinghamshire) and Epping Forest (Essex), before being rolled out across the group.
Designed to offer an umbrella of support to local communities, the cafés will be run by trained Good Grief Trust volunteers who have all been bereaved themselves, to “connect and signpost people” to services across the country and help them find a way forward.
Andy Tait, CEO of GreenAcres, said: “Our families value the highly personalised services that we provide at the difficult time of losing a loved one and we pride ourselves in offering support to our diverse local communities, across all faiths and beliefs.
“We believe that the Good Grief Cafés will provide a hugely valuable opportunity for people to come together to share experiences, support one another and access guidance and resources.”
Linda Magistris, founder and CEO of the Good Grief Trust, added: “Grief can be complicated, but access to support should never be. Our vision is to ensure that no-one grieving feels alone and that they know where to find tailored help from day one.
“By hosting monthly Good Grief Cafés across GreenAcres’ parks, we will be able to extend our support for the bereaved and continue to build strong local networks that will enable people to access peer-to-peer support alongside professional guidance and services.”