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

Details of Group

Where: Possability Place, 14 Windlesham Avenue Brighton BN1 3AH

When: Monday 4th May – Monday 15th June 2020

Time: 7.00-8.30 pm

The course will run again from September 7th – October 12th.


If you are interested in finding out more or attending this peer support group please phone the Switchboard Office on 01273 234009 to speak to or leave a message for Jackie, Switchboard’s Grief Encounters Development Worker, or email her on

Switchboard will send you a short questionnaire to complete before inviting you to attend an initial meeting to further discuss your involvement in the group.

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 will take place at Possability Place from 7-9pm. Our upcoming dates are: 24/2, 23/3, 27/4, 29/6, 27/7, 26/10.

Grief Meets: Exploring Grief through Creative Writing

Monday 24th February, Possability Place, 14 Windlesham Avenue, Brighton, BN1 3AH

Storytelling, particularly through creative writing, is a powerful and sometimes life-changing tool to explore grief and integrate loss into the narrative of our lives. In this workshop, led by writer Sandra Jensen, you will be gently guided to put pen to paper to find ways to translate grief into a form that can help you heal, as well as offer comfort to others.

Free, but please RSVP to let us know you are coming. Materials and refreshments provided.

For more information and to book tickets click here.

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