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Posted by Edwin on 10/09/2017

I would just like to say a big thank you to the centre staff for the kind support I received following the passing of my mother. The counseling was very good and helped me move forward on my journey of grief. I would recommend the service to anyone struggling with grief. Keep up the good work!!


Posted by Lesley Mackay on 03/05/2017   Email

I have recently used this wonderful service. Everyone within the service showed compassion, respect and support which I will never forget. I never thought I could feel positive again following a very sad and destructive period, thankfully due to this excellent service I am about to embark on a new chapter in my life and for this I will be eternally grateful and thankful. A huge thank you to you for everything you did for me.


Posted by Dina on 19/03/2017   Email

I was bereft after the loss of my wonderful Mum, I felt I was in a fog and detached from reality, just managing the basic functioning. I think I would still be in that fog if it weren't for the Drop In Bereavement Centre, Mercedes my counsellor helped me find a peace I never thought was possible and the Aromatherapy massages with Annette helped me to sleep for the first time since my Mum was diagnosed. I didn't know grief could affect you so physically and would never have thought to try the physical therapies by myself. I am and will always remain so grateful to everyone at the centre, they are a lifeline for people going through the worst times in their lives. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.


Posted by Mrs Michele Smith on 28/02/2017   Email

I would just like to thank the staff at the centre for the invaluable support and safe haven at a time when our whole world appeared to be falling apart. The sessions made it easier to accept our sudden loss, although its something we will never forget, talking helped put a whole new perspective on the grieving and sudden loss, and the whole process that goes with it. Thank you so much for your time and patience, truly invaluable, there should be more centres like this around in the community and definitely should be funded by central government or NHS. Its not until you experience a loss that you begin to realize how much this Centre is required. I cant thank you enough. Olive, Sandra and Mercedes you are absolute selfless gems. God bless you all and thank you again. I definitely will be recommending this to others, the service is priceless.


Posted by Carole Davison on 29/09/2016

Everyone at the centre was so kind and had time for me when I was at my lowest ebb following my sister's sudden death earlier this year. I felt really understood and my counsellor helped me to work through my pain and see light beyond it. I have been telling everyone at my church and at work about this wonderful resource and the beautiful people who provide it.


Posted by Mariam Khwaja on 09/08/2016

The counselling here is brilliant. I was able to be myself and talk about my bereavement and my counsellor is amazing. She is really warm and friendly and everyone that I have met in the centre are great. I would definitely recommend this centre to people who want to have counselling because you get to meet people who are going through the same situation and you feel safe and supported by the staff and I just want to thank everyone for making me feel welcome and it's always nice to have a cup of tea and relax. The other workshops that the centre offers are good as well.


Posted by Yasir on 20/06/2016

The centre were very helpful in getting me back to normality after my bereavement, the staff and counselors are excellent, very caring and empathetic and are always willing to help, I would recommend this service to anyone who is having difficulty dealing with a death of someone in their life. Thank You very much for helping me through such a tough time in life.


Posted by Asma Hussain on 01/04/2016

I would like to thank the centre for supporting me with the bereavement counselling and learning to control my anxiety. I felt comfortable and safe whilst talking about how I felt after losing my mum and the process of being there in her last few weeks that I couldn't even say anything about without having a panic attack. Thank you very much , your support is greatly appreciated .


Posted by Catherine on 15/12/2015

Thank you for giving me a safe space to talk about the feelings I've been experiencing after losing both my parents within a few years of each other. Thank you for encouraging me to challenge negative thinking, and unlocking the strength and willpower I need to understand and manage my anxiety and depression so that it doesn't dominate my life. What you do is so, so important, and I write this feeling less alone and more hopeful for having passed through your doors and your care.


Posted by Sue marles on 09/03/2015   Email

i would like to thank the centre for all the support they have given me since the sudden death of my sister. They gave me strength to carry on and everything made a lot of sense after the sessions, don't know what I would give done without them. Thank you


Posted by Michael on 02/12/2014

The sessions I had at The Bereavement Centre gave me an opportunity and a space where I was able to explore my thoughts and feelings regarding my Mother's recent death in a supported environment. Thank you.


Posted by leo on 21/11/2014   Email

When my mum died in july i felt distroaught,suicidal,with no-one to turn to,the idea of counselling was uncomfortable to me,but From the minute i first spoke to olive on the 5th august i have felt so much love and warmth in this place.I have had counselling from erlinda who has been fantastic in helping me get over my mum,as without you i would be in a very bad place...you have helped me thru 1/counselling 2/therapys 3/garden work 4/social event 5/referring me to classes and voluntary wk elsewhere and 6/by the warmth of staff and volunteers there and the chats over tea. thank you erlinda, olive, and sandra and all the other volunteers as i would have been isolated with noone to turn to. There should be a place like yours in every town in the uk.


Posted by Karen Perry on 06/11/2014

I honestly don't know where I would be without these wonderful people. They were there for me when my mother recently died and understood my pain and confusion. The hugs, smiles and support have meant the world to me. Karen is a very special lady and counsellor who allowed me to make sense of my feelings and gave me the guidance I needed to come out the other side smiling. I would recommend this wonderful centre to anyone who has suffered a loss, they know what they are doing and they do it well. Thank you to you all from the bottom of my heart.


Posted by Ben & Maddy on 09/09/2014

Thank you Erlinda for your kindness and support over 4 sessions. Best Wishes to you and Olive, Maddy & Ben


Posted by James Hanrahan on 11/05/2014

to the drop in bereavement centre thank you for helping me to have my life back, now I look forward to the future.


Posted by Patricia francis on 08/05/2014   Email

I had a lovely massage, enjoy it so much mite just book another one


Posted by valerie nelson on 08/05/2014   Email

Thank you to Newham Council for the grant for lets get the party started. I had a Thai massage which I really enjoyed. Hope there will be more pampering days as everyone felt that they benefited. Many thanks


Posted by Phebean Johnson on 08/05/2014   Email

A short note to thank Newham Councel for the grant awarded to support this event.I very much enjoy the treatment i received. (body massage&ear punch) Very therapeutic.I walk out of there filling uplifted and pain free. The staff are pleasant & helpful. Thanks once again.Please continue to provide the support to help the most needed in the comunity.


Posted by Carmen on 07/05/2014

I attended one of the Drop In Bereavement Centre's free alternative therapy sessions at the beginning of May 2014 and was really bowled over by the whole experience. The room that I had my therapy in was so inviting, calming and uplifting all at the same time. And the therapy I had really relaxed me and brought me back to a sense of myself. I had in fact been experiencing problems with my sleep and that night I slept like a baby ! It was a truly wonderful experience and I truly thank the centre for making these sessions available. I'm really looking forward to my next one. Thank You So Much !


Posted by Charlotte Coker on 06/05/2014

thank Newham council for the small grant you gave to the drop in bereavement centre so we could get the party started I had Tai massage which was brilliant felt distressed and relaxed and calm after my treatment the drop in bereavement centre is a special place the therapist are first class look forward to my next treatment.


Posted by Amy Oliver on 06/05/2014

Thank you Newham council for the small grant for the get the party started pampering days 2and 3rd of may I had reflexology and found it very relaxing my feet felt wonderful after the session the Drop in bereavement centre is a wonderful place the ambience is warm and caring the therapist are excellent so I look forward to having more treatment.


Posted by Debbie Coker on 06/05/2014

I wish to thank Newham council for the small grant that was awarded to the Drop in bereavement centre for get the party going I had full body massage and found it very invigorating calming and relaxing the therapist are excellent friendly and very caring I hope that the drop in bereavement centre can have many more pampering days.


Posted by Margaret Argent on 06/05/2014

I would just like to say Thank you to Newham Council for the small grant which enabled the Bereavement Drop In centre to hold Lets Get The Party Started Pamper days on the 2nd and 3rd of May at the Bereavement Drop In centre. I had Reike and Reflexology which has benefited me as in relaxing and relieving pain. the therapist are excellent caring and kind.


Posted by Jckie Rendell on 06/05/2014

I would like to thank Newham council for the small grant for getting the party going at the Drop in bereavement centre on 3rd may It was my first session of therapy I had a full body massage I felt so relaxed and thought it was lovely I hope to have more I hope that funding can be granted for more pampering events at the drop in bereavement centre.


Posted by Christine Sullivan on 06/05/2014

I would like to thank Newham council for the small grant for Lets get the party going Pampering event on 2nd and 3rd of may at the d Drop in bereavement centre. I had a full body massage it was wonderful it made all my aches and pains feel much better The therapist are very caring and excellent at the therapy I hope that Newham can fund the project againfor the community.


Posted by David Payne (JNR) on 15/01/2014

The bereavement counselling I received was really beneficial Everyone was really helpful and friendly and also accommodated for the session that I couldn't make by rescheduling I can't thank everyone enough for all their support and I'm really grateful I wish everyone that works there all the best Thank you


Posted by Dr Ruksana Ahmed on 11/01/2014

Dear Colleagues I am writing to provide feed back with regards to the support and expertise that my father, Mr Shafiq Ahmad, has received from your service following the loss of his wife and my mother. I would like to state that my father has reported that he has received incredibly positive support from your organisation at such a challenging time in his and our family members' lives. As his daughter I also feel that I have seen observable changes in his mood and his ability to gradually come to terms with his immense loss. The combination of activity based group support and the individual support that my father has received has been invaluable. In addition to this as a daughter and a health professional my self I have been extremely impressed with his reports of the care he has received. He has received sensitive and compassionate care at all times. I would like to say a huge thank you from my father and from us as family members as to see our father have moments where he can have p


Posted by Val on 03/12/2013   Email

I would also like to thank the Evening Standard for their support. The drop in centre is a fantastic place. very warm and welcoming. I have benefited enormously from having therapies as they make me feel very relaxed and less stressed. Thank you.


Posted by Margaret Argent on 03/12/2013

I have found the Drop In centre a Sanctuary where gradually my spirits have been lifted and after being in a dark place 2years ago when I lost my partner and sole-mate, with councelling and therapies over this time I feel I have come out the other side and feel like enjoying life once again. The Drop in is a meeting place that is invaluable and I must point out it is not all doom and gloom, with the support of staff and the meeting of like minded people you find you really can laugh again. I can only hope it never closes so its work can help others like it has me.


Posted by Christine Sullivan on 30/11/2013   Email

I would like to say a big thank you to THE EVENING STANDARD and AWARDS FOR ALL for giving funding for the over 50/60 therapy treatment. I would also like to congratulate The Drop in Bereavement centre for giving me the opportunity to have Reiki Massage Reflexology The team off therapist are excellent the centre has a calming serene atmosphere. I hope these treatments will be able to carry on in the future.


Posted by Brenda Coker on 28/11/2013   Email

I would like to thank the Evening Standard and Awards for all for the funding that enabled the Drop in Centre to go ahead with the 50/60 Therapy. The therapy sessions that I have had has been both enjoyable and a great help with my wellbeing The therapist are very nice and excellent at their job The drop in centre is a safe haven for the bereaved a very calming and gentle place to be. I hope the drop in centre can carry on with the wonderful therapies in the future


Posted by Samantha begiey on 21/11/2013

The drop in was amazing support for when I lost my dad. I wassable to share my feelings and fears with my counsellor and the staff there were do friendly and understanding they were so welcoming, like visiting friends. The complimentary sessions have been helpful. I have been having reikie which is absolutely amazing. As it's very local to be and opposite my dad's testing place it's been a God send. Samantha Xx


Posted by Androulla Pantelli on 20/11/2013   Email

The Bereavement Centre has given me a glimmer of hope for living, after losing my precious daughter through sudden death syndrome. They have opened my mind, encouraged me to read and be more in tune with my spiritual side. The therapies they supply work with relaxation. They are amazing people. Thank you.


Posted by Andrea Noel on 20/11/2013

People who listen, care and support. After my beloved sister, the backbone of our family died I lived in a trance like state. I appeared normal and carried out my daily duties, but inside I was totally lost and confused. All of the people at the Drop in Bereavement Centre, not only but especially the counsellor, helped me to open windows in my mind. Important things my sister had confided in me with and I had locked them away, totally forgotten until now. Then there was the guilt, how could I forget such important information? Then the anger, the confusion, the loss, the what now? I don't think I'll ever get over it and I still have many questions and feelings that I don't understand, but if am learning how to deal with them in my own way and I wouldn't be at this point if it hadn't been for these peoples support, encouragement and aftercare. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. X


Posted by Andrea Noel on 20/11/2013

People who listen, care and support. After my beloved sister, the backbone of our family died I lived in a trance like state. I appeared normal and carried out my daily duties, but inside I was totally lost and confused. All of the people at the Drop in Bereavement Centre, not only but especially the counsellor, helped me to open windows in my mind. Important things my sister had confided in me with and I had locked them away, totally forgotten until now. Then there was the guilt, how could I forget such important information? Then the anger, the confusion, the loss, the what now? I don't think I'll ever get over it and I still have many questions and feelings that I don't understand, but if am learning how to deal with them in my own way and I wouldn't be at this point if it hadn't been for these peoples support, encouragement and aftercare. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. X


Posted by Debra Lloyd on 14/11/2013   Email

The Drop-In Centre is a haven for people who are feeling isolated during their time of bereavement. After the untimely death of my brother they became a safety net for me in my darkest hours. Just knowing that you can walk in at anytime during opening hours and sit and have a chat and a cup of coffee is comforting to know and takes away the feeling of loneliness experienced during bereavement. I now volunteer at the centre as a therapist on a need be basis and have the opportunity to do other things around the centre such as upkeep of the garden etc which in turn makes me feel a part of the community. It is also comforting to see the other people who access the centre also finding comfort and improvement and having the opportunity to share our experiences.The counselling and the alternative therapies are an essential part of recovery as they provide not only psychological well-being but physical as well.


Posted by Liza on 12/10/2013

It has been a little over a year since the loss of our baby. Our journey since our loss has been a very difficult and upsetting one, but with the help of the volunteers at the Drop In Bereavement Centre we have made it through the storm. If I think about it a year on, I do not think we would have got through or be where we are today without them. We are so humbly grateful to our counsellor who has given us the strength to come to terms with the loss of our Baby. The centre was a good place for us to 'release' and I always walked out of there feeling lighter in mind and sometimes body too. The holistic therapies that the centre offers are amazing. Its a great way to release and de-stress and forget your troubles for a while. Its a place for 'ME TIME' we all need a little 'ME' time once and a while! I found my therapies to be calming and soothing and refreshing, I think its a great combination along with counselling to heal our minds, bodies and souls from all that life thro


Posted by Folusho on 13/08/2013   Email

The drop in bereavement centre really helped to come to terms with the death of my 13 month old child, the counsellor was wonderful and a good listener, this helped me to gain more strength and boldness to deal with other areas of my life and the grief. The counselling I received was immeasurable. I will recommend it to anyone, such a friendly environment, especially the staff, I always look forward to attend the sessions, Thank you


Posted by Brenda Coker on 13/06/2013

The Drop in Bereavement centre is an essential part of peoples wellbeing after they have been bereaved. The counsellors are experienced people who are very caring compassionate. The Therapists are very committed to giving people calming therapy the rooms are very nicely decorated with a calming effect. This centre has benefited many people who have been very upset and have been able to face life again without their loved ones This centre is an asset to Newham and should be recognised by GPs and other organisations I hope GPs will acknowledge this centre it is not clinical it is friendly caring compassionate this is what people need when they have been bereaved.


Posted by antine j lambert on 28/02/2013   Email

hi my name is Antoine , the drop in bereavement centre has help me to understand myself a lot better and to come to terms with my uncles death better then ive ever felt before. i know that the drop in bereavement centre has changed me because family members and friends have notice my change of personality and well-being. i would like to say thank you to two special ladies who have helped me . you know who you are :) thank you xx


Posted by Sarah on 30/01/2013

I am very grateful to the wonderful people who work at the Drop in Bereavement Centre. This place was a safe haven for me last summer when just existing on a daily basis became very difficult. It helped me make sense of the loss I had suffered and made me feel grateful for all things I still had in my life. The counselling was an invaluable experience: the ability to talk without judgement was a relief. The centre has a very calm and relaxing atmosphere. The residents of Newham are very lucky to have it. I can't thank you enough for all that you have done for me.


Posted by Sharon Henry on 11/01/2013   Email

Just a quick message to say thank you to everyone at the centre. I'm very thankful for the support and encouragement I have received and the friendships made. Breavement is a strange thing to go through, but it's has been a little easier to face thanks to the centre. The therapies and treatments received have been very beneficial in helping to keep my mind and body calm and stress free and having a lot more energy and I have felt a lot better in myself because of it. I have decided also to make this a regular occurance in 2013 to keep myself in good shape, mentally, emotionally, physically. Thank you once again and I wish you the best for 2013. God bless and see you all soon. x


Posted by CC on 07/01/2013

Dear Olive and all at the Drop In Bereavement Centre, When my Dad died suddenly last August, I knew that I would benefit greatly from some bereavement counselling. As a younger woman I had suffered some traumatic family bereavements, and as a qualified counsellor myself I understood that early intervention can help with managing longer-term emotional problems regarding loss and trauma. CRUSE, the national charity offering help to bereaved people, did not have a local office in Newham, but they referred me to the Drop In Bereavement Centre. This is how I was able to get in touch. There were many things that impressed me about the service you offered. I will list them: Free counselling is very rare. Dad died at a period in which my university funding was ending, I had no income and was living on savings. There was no way that I could have afforded to pay for private therapy and I am extremely grateful for the free service you offer. Usually there are long waiting lists for


Posted by Charlotte on 30/12/2012   Email

Dear all at the Drop In Bereavement Centre, I'm just writing to say thank you to you and for the work of the centre. When my Dad died suddenly last August, I knew that I would benefit greatly from some bereavement counselling. As a younger woman I had suffered some traumatic family bereavements, and as a qualified counsellor myself I understood that early intervention can help with managing longer-term emotional problems regarding loss and trauma. CRUSE, the national charity offering help to bereaved people, did not have a local office in Newham, but they referred me to the Drop In Bereavement Centre. This is how I was able to get in touch. There were many things that impressed me about the service you offered. I will list them: Free counselling is very rare. Dad died at a period in which my university funding was ending, I had no income and was living on savings. There was no way that I could have afforded to pay for private therapy and I am extremely grateful for the f


Posted by Valerie on 22/10/2012   Email

The centre is a wonderful place where you can go and talk to people who are very caring and listen to you. If you are feeling very low you can drop in and have a chat at any time.


Posted by Brenda on 16/10/2012   Email

The centre is a very caring place where people can go and see excellent counsellors and therapists you can relax to music and make friends.


Posted by Joy Wrenn on 10/10/2012

I came to the Breveament Center when I was at my lowest ebb and honestly did not expect very much from it. I felt very apprehensive on my first visit however after spending just one hour with these fantastic caring ladies I knew that I had made the right decision to attend. I cannot say how much they helped me, their kindness, support and sincerity has got me through what I can only describe as the darkest time in my life. The massage, reflexology and reiki I received was far more beneficial to me both physically, mentally and spiritually than the anti depressants that I had been prescribed and I was soon able to stop taking them. I no longer need to attend regularly but know whenever I need someone to talk to or escape for an hour or two they are always there and so very welcoming, like old friends. If you feel like you need some extra support please give them a chance to help you, you will be so grateful that you did.


Posted by denise prior on 23/09/2012   Email

I visited the service when I felt the need for some extra support, and I found just that along with friendship and kindness thanks x


Posted by Emma Winterford on 29/05/2012   Email

The most fantastic and supportive group of lovely people. Coming to the Drop-in Bereavment centre is like having a nice warm cuddle x x


Posted by erlinda Marcano on 24/05/2012

Well done! Lots of information and well presented website. I wish the Drop in Centre and all the staff all the best in the future.


Posted by Martha Quinlan on 10/02/2012   Email

Love the simplicity - it is aesthetically pleasing. A long awaited and well needed service,(there was noting like it when I worked as a support worker)in the community. May it grow from strength to strength.


Posted by anne miller on 19/01/2012   Email

Congratulations on the website and for all the work already accomplished in such a short time. How about a celebration of the Queen's diamond Jubilee?


Posted by Linda on 18/01/2012

Excellent website ,lots of information .Wishing the Drop In Bereavement Centre and all the staff all the best in the future.





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