LOSING a loved one is hard at any time of the year.
But those sad feelings can be magnified when it’s a birthday, anniversary or Christmas.
To give extra support to grieving people, local charity Help in Bereavement organised a festive coffee morning at the Ashcroft Centre, in Fareham.
The charity, which covers a large area from Gosport to Petersfield, normally holds a monthly get-together in Waterlooville and Fareham.
The event was attended by the Gosport mayor, Councillor Keith Gill, Havant mayor Cllr Marjorie Smallcorn and Fareham mayor Cllr David Norris.
Linda Smith, 51, from Waterlooville, who organises the coffee mornings, said: ‘This is a difficult time of year for bereaved people, even if you were bereaved many years ago. The groups, especially around Christmas, are more effective.
‘The coffee mornings are for people who perhaps don’t need the home visits but are still grieving. They’re really important. Everybody who comes is meeting people in similar situations.’
Linda, who has also been a home visitor for the charity for four years, added: ‘They are helping themselves by helping each other. It’s really worthwhile.’
There were a number of stalls at the event, as well as a raffle.
The day raised £200 for the charity.
Next year the group is hoping to offer even more support by hosting a Christmas lunch on Christmas Day for the bereaved.
The coffee mornings will continue next year. In Waterlooville the event takes place at St George’s Church Hall on the second Monday of every month from 10am to midday.
In Fareham people meet on the fourth Monday of every month at the Ashcroft Centre, from 10am to midday. Anyone bereaved who needs help can call 07432 602613.