We recognise that grief is something we will all encounter at some point in our lives, but when someone close to us dies we can be left feeling lost and alone, in a strange new world. Having a place to go, where we feel able to share our thoughts and fears, can help us to see that, far from going ‘mad’, what we are feeling is a natural and normal part of grieving.
Friends in Grief (FIG) is a community based ‘light touch’ drop-in service where anyone who has been touched by grief is welcome. In an informal but supportive setting, facilitated by trained Dorothy House volunteers, it’s a place where you can be with others who are bereaved.
In trying to find a name it felt important to choose something that would embody the spirit of what we hope the ‘drop in’ will come to represent for those who use it. When we saw that the acronym of Friends in Grief spelt FIG we began to explore the properties of the fig tree:
The fig tree, of which there are over 700 varieties, is the symbol for the Tree of Life across many cultures and religions. Fig trees are hardy and resilient, they are survivor trees because they have learnt to adapt to their environment. Fig trees are a ‘keystone resource’ meaning if they disappeared the whole eco system would come crashing down. Their fruits are restorative, they sustain life, health and wellbeing.
The more we read, the more we felt there was a connection between the properties inherent in the fig tree, the essence of Friends in Grief, and those who come to meet there….. That is ‘adaptable, resilient and sustaining’.
So please just come along……
Every Tuesday 2pm-4pm (starting 3 July)
Free of charge and no need to book
Riverside Community Centre