“It helped me realise that I was not just bereaved but had suffered trauma.
That helped me to understand how I could start to cope…”
The 55-minute online COVIDSpeakEasy meetings are entirely free and involve a maximum of 12 people. They take place weekly at the same time and day over six consecutive weeks.
SpeakEasys are not designed to replace 1:1 counselling or therapy. They are for mutual support and conversations between people at varying stages of COVID specific bereavement. They create a collective conversational space, where you have no need to filter your grief in front of other people.
We meet on Zoom, so you will need to access WiFi in a quiet private space in order to take part. They are lightly led by a BACP* registered counsellor, who will ensure that they are safe spaces for everyone. The counselling team are paid at standard UK rates for doing this.
After these six sessions, each group will self-sustain and moderate themselves according to what works for them. Most groups so far have continued. We have created meaningful bonds through shared experiences.
If you have questions or would like to let others know about the SpeakEasys please contact us here.
* British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists
“I realised that it’s about us rather than me… I thought about the rest of the group over Christmas… We were in this together"