Emma, Leicester, has been coming to LOROS Hospice for counselling and complementary therapy since two of her close friends and her father, Jeff, died.
“Counselling has been a lifesaver.”
Emma, Leicester, has been coming to LOROS Hospice for counselling and complementary therapy since two of her close friends and her father, Geoff, died.
“My dad had bladder cancer. He’d been poorly for quite a few years but he died suddenly from heart failure.
“Mum and Dad had been together for 55 years. They had just celebrated their anniversary the week before he died. Mum has never lived on her own, and has found it quite difficult. I stay in touch regularly and help out with shopping and cooking.
“It was a really tough time for all of us. I remember having to make the phone call to my sister. It was heart-breaking.”
Within months of her Father’s death, Emma’s lifelong friend, Karen, died and soon after, another one of her friends, Eileen died.
“It just felt surreal. Within nine months, I had lost my dad, and two very close friends. I struggled emotionally and was seeing my GP on a regular basis.
“Even though none of them had been treated at LOROS, I was referred there for bereavement counselling.”
Emma attended counselling on a regular basis at the Hospice which she says made a huge difference to her life.
“The counselling has helped me appreciate what life is all about. It is so peaceful and calm. LOROS is a quiet and lovely place.
“It’s peaceful but not a sad peaceful. It helped me focus on the good things that happened, the good times we spent together.”
Following some one-to-one counselling sessions, Emma joined the group counselling sessions at the Hospice, which she says were more than just counselling.
“We’ve all become really good friends outside of LOROS; I now have a support network of people who I can turn to who have had similar experiences to me. It reminds you that you are not alone.
“It allows time out of your day. No one judges you, you can cry if you want to, no one criticises you.
“It took about a year for me to ‘belly laugh’ and not feel guilty about it. LOROS helped me accept that, there’s nothing to feel guilty about.”
Emma would like to thank Counsellors Steve and Nanouchi, volunteer Pam and Complementary Therapist, Angela for all of their support.