Walking and talking helps bereaved to process grief

This article was originally from Palliative Matters.

For people grieving the loss of a loved one, a simple program that enables them to walk and talk with trained volunteers is making a difference. Ms Sandy Muir, support officer (grief and loss) with Hospice Volunteers South Tasmania, said about 12 volunteers are trained to conduct the fortnightly walks and up to four generally attend. Over time, participants build trust and connections both with volunteers and fellow walkers, enabling them to share personal experiences. Since the program started in 2006, nearly 100 bereaved people have walked regularly with the group. It has helped some of them to find new friends and be supported by people in similar circumstances. Ms Muir said being out in the fresh open air makes it a relaxed environment for people to chat about feelings and experiences. She believes doing something physical suits some people who may be less inclined to open up when sitting face to face.

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