New bereavement group for young adults

By Jessica Elgot, May 31, 2012

A recruitment consultant whose father died suddenly from cancer last year has put money into a counselling group helping young Jews to deal with the loss of a parent.

Assisting those aged 18-to-30, Aftershock recently held its first gathering and will meet monthly at Jewish Care’s Martin B Cohen Centre in Edgware.

Jason Rumney, 25, from Essex, had searched for a counselling service after the death of his father last September. He wanted to socialise with other young people who were in a similar situation.

He donated £2,000 to Aftershock, which is run with Jewish Care and the Jewish Bereavement Counselling Service.
JBCS volunteer counsellor Cindy Collick led the first session. She pointed out that those who were young when a parent died needed “very different” support.

“There was nothing like this in north-west London. We do group work and shared experience. We leave for the second part and the group has a social.

“We want them to build up a social network and meet on their own more than once a month.”

The sessions will cover different aspects of bereavement. “Obviously everyone’s journey is different. We hope to address dealing with guilt, anger, sorrow and loss. What will it be like to get married with no mum there? What about graduating from university? What will the changes be at home?”

    Last updated: 2:45pm, May 31 2012