Forum helps Hartlepool bereavement workers

Hartlepool Bereavement Service members: Left to right, Linda Parker, Edgar Coulson and Michelle Hall outside Strathmore House.
Hartlepool Bereavement Service members: Left to right, Linda Parker, Edgar Coulson and Michelle Hall outside Strathmore House.

MULTIPLE agencies took part in an event to help boost services and awareness of bereavement.

The bereavement forum was held at Strathmore House, in Stockton Road, Hartlepool.

The event, which sees up to 40 agencies take part, has been running annually for six years.

There is always a guest speaker at the event, and this year, Paul Walker was it.

Mr Walker, a specialist consultant in staff resilience for the Tees, Esk and Wear Valley Foundation Trust, which deals with mental health services, gave the talk.

Organiser Linda Parker, who founded the Hartlepool Bereavement Service, in Park Road, said the talk, and the event itself, was a success.

She said: “It went really well.

“There were many agencies there, quite a diverse set of people from lots of different sectors including funeral directors, solicitors, support services, council services, and social services. It was very good.”

Linda added: “We invite a lot of agencies to come along and listen to the talk.

“One time we had a speaker who was giving a lot of information on an increase in suicide for example.

“It was useful for all the agencies who attended to have that information.

The different organisations this time round thoroughly enjoyed the talk by Mr Walker, who has studied politics at Durham University.

He is also the curator for the Diocese of Durham and leads non-religious retreats.

He has also wrote a book called Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For, in which he covers topics such as thoughts around death, supporting bereaved people and families, and the impact of bereavement on people’s lives and their work.

The event was held at 10am on Thursday last week.

Linda said: “We’re very proud of the forums because it helps to create links between all the agencies and provide them with information on all kinds off issues surrounding death and bereavement.”