Supporting the people close to our patients is an important part of Hospiscare’s work. And that support doesn’t stop when a patient dies. Our bereavement service provides safe and confidential opportunities for you to share, express and understand your grief.
There may be times when it’s too painful for you to talk, and other times when you desperately need to say what’s on your mind. It can be difficult to speak about grief with friends or family members. Hospiscare is here to listen.
Our bereavement volunteers are specially trained to offer support through this difficult time and can also offer advice on matters such as caring for bereaved children. One of our volunteers can call you on the phone at a time that’s convenient to you.
Your bereavement volunteer can also give you more details about our support groups, including telling you which ones they attend. Group meetings take place across our different sites. Most are drop in sessions, meaning there’s no need to book. Just come along for a cup of tea and a chat with others in a similar situation.
We’re here for you as long as you need us.
‘When Someone Dies’ is designed to help you cope with the death of a loved one. It explains the practical steps you’ll need to take when someone close to you has died. It also looks at the emotional adjustments you’ll be making and has information on further support.
Download When Someone Dies
‘After Someone has Died during the COVID-19 Pandemic’ is a practical guide for relatives and carers following the death of a loved one due to or during the coronvirus pandemic.
‘After Someone has Died’ can help you to understand a little bit more about grief and bereavement. It explains some of the common thoughts and feelings that many bereaved people experience. The booklet also sets out the support available from Hospiscare now and in the future.
Download After Someone has Died
You can also find more information in our Advice and Support section, including:
- How to arrange a funeral
- How to register a death
- Talking to children about death and dying
- Books to read with children who are coping with bereavement
- Books to read for adults who are coping with bereavement
- Why grief is like a ball in a box