Bereavement support that’s professional, personal… and free
We understand how terribly painful and lonely it can feel when we suffer a bereavement. We can offer you pastoral support, a confidential and non-judgemental “listening ear”, counselling and much more – with professionalism and sensitivity.
Our team are here to provide help and support to all those suffering a bereavement.
1:1 Pastoral Support/ Counselling
Our 1:1 sessions can be held either in person or online. We will help you work through your bereavement and any specific issues you may be dealing with, offering emotional support and practical guidance to help you get through this difficult time
Talking to others who are going through bereavement is a great way to deal with your own grief. For those who wish to do so, we have group sessions that will provide the emotional support you need, whilst meeting others who know exactly what you are going through.
Please see details of our various free support groups on our events page.
The aim of our renowned bereavement support drop ins is to facilitate safe places for people who have suffered the loss of a loved one to make meaningful connections with one another and to build supportive relationships. Our drop ins operate online and in various locations (when COVID restrictions allow).
The Rowland Brothers Foundation was set up in 1984, and registered as a charity in 2017, by Tony Rowland, MBE. at a time when professional bereavement counselling was not yet widely available. Tony had the vision to to provide a free service that offers both practical and emotional support to those who have suffered the loss of a loved one. Serving our clients with professionalism and sensitivity, we are very proud to be giving a much needed and important service to our community.
“They are so easy to talk to. We don’t just talk about my loss, but also about other aspects of my life. They do fantastic work within the community. I don’t know where I’d be now if I didn’t have this weekly telephone support.”
“Bereavement Aftercare is a sensitive subject and the session was perfectly pitched being informative, compassionate and thoroughly engaging.”
“The session was very insightful into the different stages of grief and how these are very personal to every individual who loses someone. It was also a good reminder for the group to recognise that grief does not only come about after the death of a person.”
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A Place To Be at St Marks Church Hall, Purley – Every Friday from 2pm to 4pm, £2 per person
We have an experienced group of volunteers who provide a warm and friendly welcome and we offer a range of activities throughout the year including Music, Entertaiment, Quizzes, Arts & Crafts, Seated Exercise and Board Game Afternoon.
Most importantly “a place to be” is a group where people can come together and enjoy sharing experiences and find companionship in a relaxed environment away from the stresses of every day life.
The group runs every Friday from 2pm to 4pm at St Marks Church Hall, Purley.
£2 per person (includes tea, coffee and biscuits).
The Rowland Brothers Foundation is unique in the funeral industry in that it offers bereavement support to those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, completely free of charge. The Foundation also organises free training seminars on all aspects of bereavement to various charities & organisations, including training in child bereavement to schools. The Foundation also makes sizeable donations to many local charities and worthy causes.
The Foundation finances this valuable work, which comes at some cost, from donations made each year by Rowland Brothers Funeral Directors. However, we are also very grateful for donations made to the charity by those who have benefitted from its help, or who recognise its significant community work, and wish to give financial support.
If you would like to donate to the Rowland Brothers Foundation bereavement support charity, simply click on the ‘Just Giving’ or ‘Amazon Smile’ icons. Alternatively, cash or cheque donations can be dropped off or posted to: Rowland Brothers at 299-305 Whitehorse Road, Croydon CR0 2HR
Charity number: 1171808 Date Registered: 28/02/2017 Address: 299-303 Whitehorse Road, Croydon, CR0 2HR Trustees: Mr Stephen Rowland, Mr Anthony Rowland, Mr Mark Spooner, Mr Joe Walkling, Mr Nick Redman