Walking group offers grief relief

HEALING: Walking With Grief 'graduate' Julie Mulcahy and volunteer Carmel Baumgartner at Glebe Gardens. Picture: Neil Richardson

HEALING: Walking With Grief 'graduate' Julie Mulcahy and volunteer Carmel Baumgartner at Glebe Gardens. Picture: Neil Richardson

After the loss of her husband, Julie Mulcahy sought solace and found friendship through a local walking group. 

Mrs Mulcahy, of Kings Meadows, was invited to join the Walking Through Grief program in October last year. 

“There was only one other participant when I started, and lots of lovely volunteers,” Mrs Mulcahy said.

Mrs Mulcahy’s husband died in July 2015, having been in palliative care for eight weeks with cancer.  

“I stayed with him the whole time in Melwood,” Mrs Mulcahy said. 

The group has grown to average ten participants dealing with grief, as well as volunteers.

“It involves a lovely walk somewhere nice, and finishes with the all-important coffee,” Mrs Mulcahy said.

“It’s been really great … the really lovely thing has been knowing there are other people going through the same thing you are,” she said.  

She was one of three who ‘graduated’ from Walking Through Grief on Wednesday. The group currently meets fortnightly on Wednesday. It started in Launceston in October 2015, having already been established in Hobart.

Mrs Mulcahy said she would keep in touch with her new friends. The group is for people grieving a loved one who died from a life-limiting illness.

The group is looking to add another walk, on Saturdays, in December. For information on how to join, contact the Walking Through Grief coordinator on 6777 4544.

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