Bereavement care

Our service doesn't stop when someone dies. Supporting those close to a patient is at the heart of our work.

Here to help

Hospiscare is here to help support you when someone dies. Members of our bereavement service are available to talk to at any time during this difficult period in your life.  The bereavement service offered by Hospiscare consists of trained bereavement volunteers who will make contact by telephone to the bereaved soon after the bereavement.  It is an invitation to all bereaved to talk on a one-to-one basis either by telephone or - in normal circumstances - by meeting with our bereavement volunteers.  Such support continues for as long as the bereaved may wish. 

Team support

Hospiscare runs regular 'drop in' sessions in Exeter, Tiverton and Exmouth, for you to come in for a cup a tea and a chat, or to talk to others who are in a similar situation to yourself. Invitations are sent out with the dates of these sessions as well as other information on our services. These groups also provide you with the chance to talk to trained bereavement volunteers on a one to one basis at each location. N.B. These sessions are currently suspended due to the Coronavirus outbreak. They will be reinstated when it is safe to do so. In the meantime, our one-to-one telephone support continues. 

Click here to see a full list of bereavement events 

All the family

We also offer emotional and practical help in caring for children and young adults who have been bereaved; we carry resources that give ideas in how to support children of varying ages.

For advice about talking to children and teenagers about death and dying, click on the link below.  

talking to children about death and dying

To help you start the conversation, we've put together a list of our favourite children's books which broach the topic of death and dying.

Click here to read our book list  

Practical guidance

Hospiscare has developed a booklet 'When Someone Dies' which provides practical and emotional help, enabling you to recognise the ongoing changing emotions you may be feeling, alongside useful information, advice and phone numbers.

Download 'When Someone Dies'

The numbers of people choosing not to have a funeral after their death had been increasing in the UK, but sometimes there may not be a choice. The below article looks at what alternatives are out there if you're unable to hold or attend a funeral for your loved one. 

Alternatives when you cannot have a funeral 

When you lose someone unexpectedly, it can leave you feeling stunned and confused. Click on the link below to read about how to cope with grief when you cannot say goodbye. 

Grief when you cannot say goodbye 

For advice about how to cope with the death of your partner, click on the link below. 

Coping with the death of your spouse

To read about an analogy for grief that some people find helpful, take a look at the following page.