The Dandelion Circle of Friends Bereavement Group

We as a funeral service thought for some time that there was a need for practical and emotional support in the area for the bereaved, we decided to set up and launch -

The Dandelion Circle of Friends. 

Launching in February 2019 the monthly non-denominational group has grown in numbers and has proved to be very popular.  A 'Circle of Friends' that can provide each other with both practical and emotional advice and support.


Throughout the year we are aiming to offer assistance with form filling, basic household and cooking skills, car maintenance and on a lighter note some crafting.  We will also welcome any ideas that the 'Friends' wish to put forward or for skills they would like to learn.

We meet on the last Wednesday of every month at Hempton Church Room,

Hempton Green, NR21 7LG from 10.00 am to 11.30am and everyone will be welcome.


This is a FREE to attend group with FREE car parking and FREE refreshments.

Pop in and say hello or stay for the morning.

Why The Dandelion Circle ?  we hear you ask.   The dandelion has many very symbolic meanings, it is a symbol of life, death and the fragility of life and being bereaved you will know only too well how fragile life is, the dandelion however, as any gardener will know, one of the strongest with its determination and will to survive and so will you.

June 29th    July 27th    August 31st

September 28th    October 26th    November 30th

December 21st *  (
* change of date due to Christmas)


You Are Not Alone

Grieving is a personal and highly individual experience and is a

natural response to loss, how you grieve depends on many factors,

strength of character, faith, life, experiences and the nature of your loss.

Remember that crying is a natural reaction and not a weakness, it is an acknowledgement of loss, there is no normal timetable for grieving,

be patient with yourself and allow the grief process to naturally unfold.

"Grief can be compared

to a roller coaster

full of ups and downs,

highs and lows -

the ride eventually

levels out and

so will your grief."

Grief as a roller coaster
Loss Affects People In Different Ways



The Death of someone close is a shock even following a long illness, you may feel almost paralysed by it, everything seems unreal and remote and that everything is at a distance,

this feeling can last a long time, some find it helpful to keep busy, involving themselves with things that have to be done.



A significant loss can trigger a host of worries and fears, you may

feel anxious, helpless, or even insecure, you may even have panic attacks, The death of a loved one can trigger fears about your own mortality, and facing life without that person or the responsibilities that you will face alone.



Grief can make you feel angry against doctors, hospitals, family members or even the funeral director for taking your loved one away. You may feel shocked at your own feelings but these will pass.

Physical Symptoms


We often think of grief as a strictly emotional process, but grief often involves physical problems, this can include: fatigue, nausea, lowered immunity, weight loss or weight gain, aches and pains, and insomnia.



Profound sadness is probably the most universally experienced symptom. You may have feelings of emptiness, despair, yearning or extreme loneliness.



Guilt can be felt for all sorts of reasons, Regrets about things said or not said, done or not done.  Feeling relief following a long or difficult illness can result in a guilty feeling.


Age UK Norfolk

Bereavement support for 50's and over

0300 500 1217

Big C

Bereavement through Cancer

01603 286112

Cruse Bereavement Care  

One to one support  

0808 808 1677 / 01603 219977

WAY - Widowed and Young

For people under 50







The information and contacts provided on this page is provided for information and guidance only.

Gowards Funeral Services do not endorse these contacts or accept any responsilbility for the information that they may provide.



A listening service for everyone

116 123

Nelsons Journey  

Supporting young children through bereavement  

01603 431788


Child Bereavement UK

Supporting bereaved children

up to 25 years of age

0800 0288 840



Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity

0808 164 3332