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Stories from Reading Lifeline

Ella's Story

Ella (name changed) experienced a miscarriage over a year ago and was referred to Reading Lifeline by her GP after she went and spoke to her about how she was feeling. Ella was seen regularly by one of our volunteer counsellors for specialist miscarriage counselling.

"I am in a much better place now with regards to my mental well-being and relationships with family. I feel my resilience to handle grief and stress - which were ruling my life when I first came to counselling - are now much more robust, and there is joy and appreciation of what I have which are no longer overshadowed by sadness."
"I am really grateful for their help in exploring not only the big issues of grief, anger and guilt, but also some of the more peripheral issues that were affecting my experiences, such as family relationships."
"A thousand times "thank you". You have helped me with more than my miscarriage as I will be able to take the things I learned about myself into all aspects of my life. I only wish more women had access to services such as yours."
I only wish more women had access to services such as yours…
Ella,  Reading

Nadine's Story

Nadine's (name changed) son was recently stillborn, and the Bereavement Specialist Midwives at the local hospital referred her to Reading Lifeline after offering initial support following her loss. Nadine had weekly appointments with one of our volunteer counsellors for specialist baby loss counselling.

"The counsellor was comforting, engaging and caring when I discussed things with her. I was able to discuss different aspects of my life and how these were impacted by the loss of my baby.
"Every part of the service offered by Reading Lifeline was great. It was easy to contact staff, the venue is discreet, which I liked, as the general public didn't know you were going in for counselling, which I liked. Everything was private and confidential which made me feel at ease."
Everything was private and confidential which made me feel at ease…
Nadine,  Berkshire