When her husband died a year ago, Lynn Tomlinson, didn’t know what to do to overcome her grief.
It wasn’t until she attended Hucknall-based bereavement group, Friends After Bereavement, that she learned to laugh again.
The friendships she found at the group after deciding to attend her first session in September turned her life around.
Now she is encouraging others in a similar situation to her to seek the friendship on offer.
She said: “I have been so grateful to how the group have helped me.
“I lost my husband a year ago, I cared for him in the lead up to his death and sat and watched him die.
“In my line of work I regularly come into contact with grieving people but had never experienced it myself. I found that people don’t know how to talk to you about it and I really struggled.
“The group has really made a difference to me because everyone has been through the same thing and understands.
“It’s not just about talking about personal experiences, we talk about anything and we often go out together.”
The group, which was set up in 1992, meets once a week at The John Godber Centre and is open to all.
Alan Bell, who now runs the group after helping his father to start it up, said: “When my father and I lost my mum, we found that there was nothing at all for bereavement in Hucknall. We had to travel into Nottingham and from there we decided to start the group.
“It was always something we wanted to do. We are not councillors but we are here to talk and offer people support.”
Each session costs £1.50 to cover the room hire.
For more information contact Alan on 01159552219 (evenings only).