Coming to terms with the death of a loved one is never easy but help is at hand from a local group.

West Norfolk and the Fens Friends in Bereavement has 12 volunteers who have been specially trained in counselling and their support can be a great comfort during such a difficult time.

The volunteers, who have also been  CRB checked, see people face-to-face in their own homes.

The group, also a registered charity, has been established 18 years ago and King’s Lynn funeral director Ray Thornalley is a  founder, the current chairman and co-ordinator.

The secretary/administrator is Gillian Porter, who has been a volunteer for 16 years.

She explained: “We are a free, confidential support service for bereaved people in West Norfolk and the Fens.

“Volunteers are all trained in counselling and listening skills and we aim to educate people in the nature of grieving, which can affect them both physically and mentally.

“People go through various emotions and sometimes, feel they are losing it. We offer support to off-load emotions. We call it talking therapy.”

The volunteers help people of all ages from 13 upwards.

Leaflets giving details about the service can be found in places including the Queen Elizabeth Hospital at King’s Lynn, doctors’ surgeries and libraries.

Call 01553 767331 to get in touch and leave a message.