Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland - Fife Branch
Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland (CBCS) exists to help all who are bereaved. It offers listening and support for all bereaved people, their carers and those that work with them. CBCS has local Regions throughout Scotland and publishes a wide range of helpful leaflets.
The Fife Region was formed in 2005 and is an amalgamation of the four branches which served Fife for over 20 years (Glenrothes, Dunfermline, North-East Fife & Kirkcaldy).
- Trained bereavement volunteers
- 24 Hour Helpline
- Bereavement Care Centre
Bereavement Volunteer may have an appointment with a bereavement volunteer at the Region office, by appointment. All clients are offered an initial appointment for 30 minutes within a few days of contact. This time is used to ascertain whether or not CBCS is the best organisation to help. The client may then have to be put on a waiting list. Clients can telephone at any time. A trained volunteer will take some details and pass on to Fife.
Leaflets are available on a wide range of issues following bereavement. In addition CBCS publish a wide range of helpful leaflets. See website www.crusescotland.org.uk
Library - a wide variety of books and DVDs are also available in the Bereavement Care Centre. Resources can be borrowed for up to a month at a time.
The Bereavement Care Centre, situated at 665 Wellesley Road, Methil is open on a Tuesday morning between 10.00am and 12.00 noon and a Wednesday afternoon between 2.00pm and 4.00pm. Clients may ‘drop in’ at any of these times and be sure of someone to listen to them.
CBCS does not charge for counselling but will ask for donations from clients. Registered as a charity, CBCS is mostly financed by fund raising and donations. If you would like to help us financially with our work in the area, we would be grateful of your support. Please contact us.
What is grieving?
Grieving is the natural process following the death of a loved one. Many people find themselves experiencing strong emotions such as helplessness, anger, guilt, fear and sadness following a death. Friends and relations often expect them to be back to normal while they themselves are still deep in grief.
For some people, having information on grieving as contained in the leaflet ‘We are sorry to hear’ is all they need to reassure themselves that they are quite normal and that their current resources are sufficient to enable them to work through their grief. But for a variety of reasons, others may find it helpful to talk to someone outside their family and friends about their feelings and circumstances.
What is Bereavement Support?
One to one bereavement support is one of the services CBCS - Fife Region offers to help people through grief. It provides ‘space’ for people to work through painful bereavement issues that may be temporarily preventing them from getting on with life and living. By talking through what has happened, many people discover strengths that may have been hidden by the difficulties they have been experiencing. These enable them to go forward with increasing confidence to face life without the person that died.
Who are the Bereavement Support Volunteers?
Bereavement Support Volunteers are people who have undergone training in the process of grieving and in working with bereaved people. Some are specialists and have been trained to work with children. CBCS volunteers listen carefully and respond sensitively so the grieving person works through their grief. They know that the best solutions are the ones people discover for themselves. They are male and female, both young and not so young. Many have experienced close bereavement in their lives.
How much does it cost?
CBCS Fife Region offers a free counselling service to the bereaved and the volunteers offer their services free of charge. However, donations from clients are gratefully received, and can help the work that is done in the Region.
Where and When Does it Take Place?
We have a number of outreach facilities throughout Fife. Sessions can take place during the daytime or in the evenings. A session normally lasts about an hour. We do not see people in their homes.
What Would I Expect From My Bereavement Support Volunteer?
Your allocated volunteer will respect confidentiality. She/he will keep appointments and will see you regularly. She/he cannot take the pain of bereavement away but will stay beside you while you work through it. You can expect your support volunteer to have a friendly manner but she/he will respect you as a separate independent individual for whom their support is a temporary, though, valuable step in working through your grief.
What Commitment Would CBCS Expect of Me?
We ask that once accepted for Volunteer Support, apart from emergencies, you will keep appointments, or cancel in good time so that we can make the best use of our limited supply of volunteers.
If I Think Support Volunteers Could Help Me. What is the Next Step?
Contact us at the National Phoneline. You will be invited to attend an initial 45 minute appointment, when you can ask any further questions you may have about how this might progress and the Fife Branch of CBCS. During this time it will probably become clearer to you whether our support would help. If so, your name will be put on the waiting list and you will be contacted when a support volunteer becomes available. At busy times this may be some weeks after your initial appointment.
Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland
Founded in 1959, Cruse Bereavement Care is a UK wide charity with no religious affiliations, offering help to anyone who has been bereaved.
When health, social work and education became devolved, areas of government, the Scottish Branches of Cruse and the former Scottish Management Committee agreed that is would be sensible to take forward service delivery under the auspices of a separate Scottish arm of Cruse. It was believed that this would ensure a structure that reflected responsively the new political arrangements and the needs of clients and volunteers in Scotland. Thus, Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland (CBCS) was set up on 11th April 2001 as a fully independent Scottish Charity, working in a federal relationship with other parts of Cruse and licensed by Cruse Bereavement Care to use the name.
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