George Parsons’ War Story

We have the honour of conducting the service of a true war hero George Parsons. Formally The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers then 2 Commando, a Minister and a Chelsea pensioner. Here is his war story I joined up in 1937, before the war. When I first got called up, I was bored, then things [...]

2020-09-11T15:17:21+00:00September 11th, 2020|News|Comments Off on George Parsons’ War Story

My Counselling Through COVID-19

My counselling through COVID-19 has changed and in this blog I am going to explain how and the types of clients I have been working with. Grief Grief is not only the loss of a loved one, grief is the human reaction we all have to an unwelcome event. Recently, we have all been feeling [...]

2020-06-04T11:13:12+00:00June 4th, 2020|News|Comments Off on My Counselling Through COVID-19

COVID-19 Notice

At Rowland Brothers, we recognise that amid this pandemic, we all have fears and concerns for the safety of our families and loved ones. Unfortunately, death and grief do not pause during a crisis. For over 145 years, Rowland Brothers has been taking care of members of this community and we stand ready to help [...]

2020-08-07T14:56:48+00:00March 18th, 2020|News|Comments Off on COVID-19 Notice

Christmas Memorial Tree 2019

Rowland Brothers and our associated branches in Selsdon, Addiscombe and Orpington have been privileged to serve you, and we are aware that the approaching season of Christmas can be difficult to cope with. We would like to help you through the season in a small way by suggesting you might like to place a small [...]

2020-06-04T11:17:20+00:00December 3rd, 2019|News|Comments Off on Christmas Memorial Tree 2019

Are You Struggling With Grief This Winter?

The cold weather can have an impact on our mood. Less sunshine and more dark evenings can make us change our normal social activities and we could end up feeling isolated. A lack of vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin, can affect our immunity which often makes us poorly. Layer on a bereavement and this time [...]

2020-06-04T11:17:56+00:00November 22nd, 2019|News|Comments Off on Are You Struggling With Grief This Winter?

The Tomb of the Unknown Warrior: A History

Lying in Westminster Abbey since 1920, the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior is not just a lone soldier from the war. It is a National Act of Remembrance, representative of all those we lost in the Great War. A Reverend on the front lines, Reverend David Railton, was the first to establish the idea. He [...]

2020-06-04T11:18:33+00:00November 8th, 2019|News|Comments Off on The Tomb of the Unknown Warrior: A History

Anger in Bereavement – How Counselling Can Help

Article from Counselling Directory Anger is a common, normal response to bereavement. We get angry when we cannot control what is happening to us. It can be one of the most confusing feelings during bereavement, and is at the root of many problems in the grieving process. If anger is not expressed in a safe way it [...]

2020-06-04T11:19:33+00:00October 9th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Anger in Bereavement – How Counselling Can Help

Multiple Losses: How to Cope with Loss & Change

Article from Grief In Common When I first started facilitating bereavement groups, I sort of assumed that people would be coming for help for “just” one loss. Of course one loss is more than enough…it’s already too much. Yet so many grievers I met were experiencing multiple losses. And while in most of my writings the word “loss” [...]

2020-06-04T11:19:56+00:00September 26th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Multiple Losses: How to Cope with Loss & Change

Never Alone – A New Drop In Facility

The Rowland Brothers Foundation is pleased to present their new initiative 'Never Alone' run in conjunction with Renew 23 Wellbeing Café, an informal place for people who are coming to terms with loss. Never Alone A new drop-in facility for people coming to terms with bereavement run by Rowland Brothers, your local independent funeral directors. [...]

2020-06-04T11:20:34+00:00August 30th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Never Alone – A New Drop In Facility


By Aviva Keren Barnett Existential Psychotherapist, Counsellor and Lecturer. “Grief is something all of us have or will anticipate. It is a painful process that forces us to clarify ourselves, our values, and our relationships. It forces us to confront the fragility of life.” Carol Becker (1992). Here I see Becker’s statement about the fragility [...]

2020-06-04T11:22:59+00:00August 1st, 2019|News|Comments Off on Grieving