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Club News: Friendly Faces help ease pain at Romford hospice

PUBLISHED: 16:00 12 March 2017

A group of women enjoy a game of cards at the first Friendly Faces meeting.

A group of women enjoy a game of cards at the first Friendly Faces meeting.

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At some point in our lives we all have to deal with the death of a loved on and often the real struggle is trying to move on from the grief.

Many people become isolated and lose their confidence which is why Saint Francis Hospice decided to set up Friendly Faces, after a consultation by the charity’s OrangeLine service, to help people move on with their lives.

The social group recently held its second meeting at the hospice’s day therapy unit, in Broxhill Road, where it received a talk from about the benefits of complementary therapy, relaxation and deep breathing.

OrangeLine project manager Karen Freeman believes the first couple of meetings have been a success and the feedback the project has received will taken into account for future meetings.

“The aim of Friendly Faces is to give these people a safe place to come and meet other people in a similar situation and to help re-engage them back into society.

“For those who came along it was a massive step forward, as some people had been recently bereaved, and we have had some really good feedback.”

Susan, from Hornchurch, attended the first meeting with her husband Tony and is already looking forward to the next meeting despite her trepidations beforehand.

“I was a little dubious when I arrived,” said Susan.

“It was a bit like the first day of school, but after some delicious cakes with coffee or tea to help it down, we soon found various talking points and by the end of the first meeting of Friendly Faces I had written down the next meeting date.”

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