Bereavement Café

Our Bereavement Café events welcome local people throughout West Essex and East Herts to come along and share a cup of tea in the company of others who understand.
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Drop in for a cup of tea and a chat

When we experience the death of someone close to us, it can feel like our whole world has turned upside down – with each of us experiencing grief in our own way. Sometimes, talking or listening to someone who understands can offer us comfort – even if just a little.

Our Bereavement Café offers a place to meet and connect with other local people who have had similar experiences to our own. It is a safe place to speak openly about our experiences, or simply just meet up for a coffee and a piece of cake.

At a Bereavement Café, it is okay to feel sad or upset, angry or frustrated. It is okay to talk about your feelings, but it is also okay not to. There is no right or wrong way to experience grief, but sometimes, it can be good to simply chat over a cuppa and hear other people’s stories.

Anyone who has experienced the loss of someone close to them, no matter how long ago, is welcome to attend our Bereavement Café. We invite all local people throughout West Essex and the borders of East Hertfordshire to come along.

It is completely free to attend a Bereavement Café, and you are welcome to drop in at anytime throughout the event. The atmosphere is very relaxed and informal, just like a real café, with hot drinks, refreshments and cakes! We would love to see you there.

Find your local Café

There are a number of Bereavement Café events that run monthly throughout West Essex. Please feel welcome to drop in at any time throughout the duration of the event.

Epping Forest

Where: St Clare Hospice, Hastingwood Road, Hastingwood, CM17 9JX

When: Weekly, every Friday

Time: 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Where: St Martins Church, Chipping Ongar, CM5 9AT

When: Third Thursday of the month

Time: 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Where: Abridge Village Hall, 39 Ongar Road, Abridge, RM4 1UH

When: First Monday of the month

Time: 10am – 12pm

Theydon Bois
Where: Theydon Bois Baptist Church, 2 Avenue Rd, Theydon Bois, Epping CM16 7JJ

When: First Saturday of the month (starting 2nd November)

Time: 10am – 12pm


Where: Old Park Meadow, Coppice Ln, North End, Dunmow, CM6 3PL

When: Last Wednesday of the month

Time: 10am – 12pm

Harlow District

Where: Harlow Playhouse, Harlow, CM20 1LS

When: Last Friday of the month

Time: 10.30am – 12.30pm

Where: Potter Street Baptist Church, 98 Potter St, CM17 9AW

When: Last Saturday of the month (Start date 26th October)

Time: 10am – 12pm

If you would like to find out more about our Bereavement Café, please contact our Community Engagement Manager, Sally Muylders, on 01279 773709 or email