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A Scottish nursing home has announced plans to develop and implement the launch of a second “grief cafe” following positive feedback.

QME Care in Kelso announced the plan in a bid to support members of the community following the death of a loved one.

Nurse Iain MacGregor, nurse and training co-ordinator Barbara Bertram and healthcare support worker Tracy Brown noticed a growing need for support, especially following the losses during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The trio have worked together to launch the new Sunflower Grief Cafe for locals, to provide support and to allow people to come together.

Attendees will be able to talk about loss and grief with others in a similar situation.

A brochure for the cafe states that there is no pressure on anyone to speak up however if they don’t yet feel ready.

Following the launch, the group have received an overwhelming amount of positive feedback with many people returning every month.

The “grief café” is held at the British Legion in Kelso on the third Tuesday of every month from 6pm-7.30pm and sessions are free of charge.

MacGregor said: “The initial plan was to launch one grief café. The demand for these sessions is far greater than we could have imagined with people travelling long distances to attend, and we are now working to launch a second grief café in St Boswells.

“We feel very lucky to have the unwavering support from QME Care and be in the position to provide these sessions at no charge.”