Bereavement support

Bereavement support

Grief is a natural process, but it can feel overwhelming at times. People experience grief in different ways, so we offer a variety of bereavement services, from one to one support to group walks.

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.

Hospiscare booklets

‘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.

Download this guide

‘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:

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Accessing bereavement support

If you would like to speak to one of the team about bereavement support, please call 01392 688008. Please be aware the phone line and email are monitored Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm. If you need urgent help, please contact your GP or call the NHS direct on 111.

Celebrating the life of a loved one

People celebrate the life of their loved one in various ways and we can support you with many of these. For example, you may want to: ● Attend one of our remembrance events ● Sponsor a leaf on our Memory Tree ● Become a volunteer ● Take part in a fundraising event, from wing walking to a quiz night

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