Compton’s dedicated Bereavement Information Hubs support those who are experiencing loss and grief within the local community. The hubs, taking place both weekly and monthly, offer guidance on emotional and practical matters relating to bereavement, and, arguably more importantly, provide the opportunity for bereaved people to meet others going through a similar situation. Making that human connection and realising that you are not alone is a really important step in the journey of grief, with attendees commenting that the hubs have helped them to realise that what they are feeling is completely normal.
For those unable to attend in-person sessions, we also offer virtual bereavement hubs which take place via Zoom, giving attendees the opportunity to benefit from the same services offered in the community hubs from the comfort of their own home.
But there’s a problem.
Hardly any men attend the hubs, either virtually or in-person.
Although everyone’s experience of grief is different, it’s not uncommon for men to withdraw from family and friends when they are grieving. In addition, a study conducted by mental health charity MIND found that men are considerably less likely than women to seek support. It’s thought that factors such as traditional ‘masculine’ values play a part in this, in addition to a lack of services which are male-friendly or tailored to their needs.
As a solution, Compton has teamed up with the Wolves Foundation to host a monthly in-person Bereavement Information Hub, exclusively for men, taking place on the first Thursday of every month at Molineux. There will be experienced staff and volunteers on hand, and it’s hoped that the welcoming atmosphere and dedicated friendly space will help to engage men who have lost a family member or friend, and enable them to access the support and advice on offer. It’s not the first time that the two charities have partnered up; virtual hubs for men have also been running as a joint effort since the start of the year.
Rachel Smith, Wolves Foundation’s Health & Wellbeing Manager, says, “Sadly we know a lot of people have experienced bereavement over the last 18 months or so, both because of the pandemic and other factors, and it has been difficult to properly grieve with all the different restrictions. We have been working with Compton Care as they had been saying that very few men were attending the hubs that they have in place, so we are hoping to engage men and let them know that support is available if they need it.
“We know that bereavement is a very sensitive topic, and people deal with grief in different ways, but this will be a safe space and a welcoming environment for men who might be in need of advice and information. We have seen from our Head 4 Health programme where men have come together to discuss and improve their mental health, that, with a bit of encouragement, the chance to share stories and meet people going through similar experiences can often be a source of comfort.
“We are really grateful to Compton Care for joining up on this project and offering their invaluable expertise to support men who have suffered a bereavement.”
The Men’s Bereavement Hubs at the Molineux run from 6pm – 7:30pm on the first Thursday of every month, starting on 2nd September. Anyone wishing to register for the sessions or to find out more information can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01902 774570, or alternatively email email@example.com or call 07532 411166.
Further information about Compton’s other Bereavement Hubs can be found here.