Oldham leisure centre and NHS providing free online grief sessions

An Oldham leisure centre and the NHS are providing free online bereavement, health and wellbeing sessions for people affected by grief. 

Oldham Community Leisure is hosting free, hour-long zoom sessions every Wednesday at 4pm in partnership with the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group.

The sessions start and finish with NHS specialist bereavement nurses giving guidance on grief response.

In between, a fitness instructor will run a simple yoga and mindfulness session.

The sessions are structured to have a positive impact on the wellbeing of those taking part and all are welcome to attend. 

The specialist bereavement nurses are trained to support and work with the bereaved, to signpost support groups, to listen, to take action where necessary, and to identify the needs of a family.

Fiona Murphy, NHS director of nursing for end of life & bereavement and patron of the charity, The Good Grief Trust, said:  “My nurses are ready and experienced to help the bereaved and to offer remote support to the community.

“Our bereavement nurses will act as a safety net in these online wellbeing sessions, and offer advice and guidance whilst enabling people to connect and talk freely.”

Mark Woodcock, Oldham Active Communities’ health and wellbeing advisor said: “The online session is a safe environment for people to virtually come together at a time when many people are increasingly feeling isolated and affected by grief due to the pandemic.

“These unique, specialist bereavement sessions offer attendees both a gentle physical and mental workout.

“Talking, listening, mindfulness and movement is a great combination to develop a coping strategy from grief.”

To register for these sessions, please visit: 

Once registered, attendees will receive an email with the zoom link, ID and passcode for the sessions.

Alternatively, email [email protected] for more information or to have the zoom link directly emailed to you.

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