Grief Encounters

Grief Encounters is a peer support group for LGBTQ people who have experienced a bereavement.

Many LGBTQ people face a number of additional challenges when it comes to bereavement, in addition to universal experiences of grief, pain and sadness. This can include LGBTQ discrimination, a failure to acknowledge our relationships, estrangement from our families, legal and financial issues, and exclusion from discussions and decisions made by family members and health care professionals.

Grief Encounters will provide an exclusive and dedicated space to explore our grief. The group will run for 6 weeks and be led by experienced LGBTQ practitioners and will provide a confidential, safe and supportive space for LGBTQ people to:

  • Meet with other LGBTQ people who have experienced a bereavement
  • Use our shared experiences and identities to give and receive support
  • Explore a range of diverse and challenging feelings
  • Share coping strategies especially in respect of our possible sense of loneliness and isolation

Course Dates

The next Grief Encounters group will run weekly on Thursday evening’s using the video conferencing software Zoom. Full attendance is expected for all 6 sessions.

Dates: Thursday 4th February – Thursday 11th March 2021.


If you are interested in finding out more or attending this peer support group please get in touch with Jackie, Switchboard’s Grief Encounters Development Worker at

The following dates are available to arrange an initial discussion meeting on Zoom:

Tuesday 1st, 8th & 15th December between 5pm-7pm

Wednesday 2nd, 9th & 16th December between 5pm-7pm

Grief Meets

We also run monthly informal meetings for those who might be interested in joining a future support group, or those who have previously been involved.

Groups will explore a particular theme each month, often using a creative outlet, and are an opportunity to meet with others.

Meetings are currently taking place virtually on Zoom until further notice.

Grief Encounters is made possible by funding from the Rainbow Fund.