1st Mar, 2021

Bereaved urged to use help on offer

Rob George 19th Feb, 2021

A COUNTY resident whose husband was killed in a road crash has urged other victims to seek support through Police and Crime Commissioner backed bereavement support service RoadPeace.

Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion, is backing RoadPeace to deliver two new support groups which will offer those that have been affected by road crashes the opportunity to meet others similarly affected.

Meg Warren, who attended the first support group meeting for bereaved victims last month, spoke out about the importance of local and specialised support for road crash victims.

“My husband was killed ten years ago in a road traffic collision. Having been an A&E nurse for many years I thought that I could deal with anything thrown at me. But nothing ever prepares you for the massively traumatising journey that follows when you lose a loved one in such a violent and premature way, especially when you have witnessed it as I did,” she said.

“You lose confidence, you question your feelings and emotions as you struggle with not only trying to understand how and why it happened but deal with the many aspects of the investigation and legal process that follows.

“For me, this journey was done alone. I hadn’t heard of RoadPeace and I had many battles to fight.

“If only I had had that support, my journey would have been very different. I quickly joined my local group, and it was so empowering meeting others in the same situation. I can only describe it as being in a club that no-one wants membership of, yet every member understands your pain and anguish and is hugely supportive,” she said.

Due to current restrictions, all meetings, which are to be held bi-monthly for each group on the last Wednesday of the month, will be held online using Zoom.

The next meeting for bereaved families will take place on Wednesday March 31 from 6pm to 8pm.

The first meeting for injured victims will be taking place next Wednesday (February 24), again from 6pm to 8pm

E-mail helpline@roadpeace.org or call 0845 4500 355 for more.

 

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