Widow looking to set up Wisbech friendship group

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A WIDOW from Outwell is trying to set up a friendship group for other bereaved spouses in the Wisbech area.

Christine Murkin would like to gauge interest in the group with the potential to start it in the New Year.

She lost her husband John five-and-a-half years ago and said it can be difficult to come back from the death of a spouse.

Christine was helped initially by a bereavement group in King’s Lynn but found there was nothing set up locally to take over once the group sessions ended.

“We don’t fit in a society of couples,” she said. “You find a lot of people just sitting at home.”

Christine said she found it hard to be around friends after her husband’s death as they were all in couples. The bereavement group helped her to regain some confidence to go out alone but not everybody comes back as strongly.

Many people feel isolated after a bereavement and Christine said just to have a friend to talk to who knows what you’re going through is a big help.

“People try to help and some people that have gone through a divorce say they know how you’re feeling, but it’s not the same thing. A death is very different, particularly if you have nursed your husband or wife through a long illness.”

Christine would like to set up a group that would meet around once a month but operate as a social and support network rather than counselling.

Anyone interested in joining the group should contact Christine on 07823-777063.