Counselling and Bereavement Support

Our Family Support Team offers counselling and bereavement support to family members and friends both before and after a death. There’s no time limit on the support we offer.

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Whilst everyone grieves differently, there are a number of recognised reactions to bereavement that can feel overwhelming. Our bereavement team is here to offer emotional support and guidance. Your family and those important to you can be seen together or individually.

In addition to face-to-face support, we also have a booklet for those who are bereaved called ‘When someone dies’. This booklet covers practical matters, such as making funeral arrangements and sorting out your loved one’s affairs, as well as information on the emotional support we offer.

The bereavement team is headed by a fully qualified counsellor, Mary Thomas, who is accredited by the National Counselling Society, and also consist of a team of Bereavement Support Volunteers. These are experienced and skilled volunteers who receive regular training and supervision. We also support trainee counsellors with placements in their final 2 years of training.

If you feel you need to talk to someone, all can offer you time to help you express your feelings both before and after the death of a loved one. They can meet with you at the hospice or in your own home.

We also offer bereavement support to children and young people who experience the death of a parent, and we are happy to support you with supporting grandchildren and other family members. 

This is a service open to families of hospice patients only.

Carers’ group

Who is it for? An informal group of carers of hospice patients.

How could it help me? The group is known as Chat and Cherish and aims to offer just that – a chance to chat over a cup of tea or coffee, share experiences and offer support.

When and Where? One afternoon a month from 2 til 4 pm – usually the 3rd Monday of the month – at the hospice.

How long can I come? You can keep attending for as long as it is helpful for you while your family member is a patient of the hospice.

How do I find out more? Call Mary Thomas (Bereavement Services Manager) on 01934 423900.

Buddy Groups 

What is a Buddy Group? – ‘A Buddy Group is an informal group for people who have experienced the death of someone close to them. The groups are facilitated by experienced volunteers.’

Who is it for? Bereaved people whose family member was a patient of the hospice.

How could it help me? – It can often be helpful to talk to other people who have recently experienced a bereavement and understand the mixture of emotions you may be experiencing. It can be a chance to make new friends at a difficult time in your life.

When and Where? – in the Wellbeing Centre at the hospice, usually on a Monday morning.

How long can I come? – Each group meets for 12-18 months at the hospice, but many people continue to meet informally after the group ends.

How do I find out more? – If this sounds like something you would like to be involved in, please call Mary Thomas (Bereavement Services Manager) on 01934 423900.

Men In Sheds 

What is the Men In Sheds group? – This group offers a welcoming and enjoyable space for men of any age to meet, work at their own pace on projects of their choosing, share skills and experiences, chat with like-minded people and become more socially active by doing so.

Who is it for? Local men of all ages.

How could it help me? – It can often be helpful to talk to other people who have recently experienced a bereavement and understand the mixture of emotions you may be experiencing. It can be a chance to make new friends at a difficult time in your life.

When and Where? – In the Man Shed at the hospice, usually on Tuesday and Thursday from 10am-12pm.

How do I find out more? – If this sounds like something you would like to be involved in, please call Mary Thomas (Bereavement Services Manager) on 01934 423900.

Bereaved Teenagers’ group

Who it’s for: Young people of secondary school age who have experienced the death of a parent (or a parental figure) who was a patient of the hospice.

How could it help me? Current members tell us that it helps to talk to other people who have also experienced the death of a parent.

When: On the last Monday of the month, after school at 4.45-5.45pm.

Where: At the hospice.

How do I find out more information? Call the hospice on 01934 423900 and ask to speak to Mary Thomas (Bereavement Services Manager).

Bereavement Coffee Drop In 

What is it? A chat over a cup of coffee or tea.

Who is it for? Bereaved people from throughout the local area, not only people with links to the hospice.

How could it help me? It can help to have some support and build social contacts.

When and Where? On the 3rd Friday of the month in the Wellbeing Centre at the hospice, between 10am and 12 noon.

How long can I come? For as long as you want.

How do I find out more? Call the hospice on 01934 423900 and ask to speak to Mary Thomas (Bereavement Services Manager).