Bereavement is a major event that can turn your world upside down. It can change your whole life, alter your sense of who you are and shake your confidence in ways you didn’t think possible.
Our range of services can support you through this difficult time. Within six weeks of a patient's death, we write to every family member and carer for whom we have records with an invitation to come to Tea Junctions, plus information about the support we can offer.
Tea Junctions are informal social gatherings, where bereaved family members and carers are invited to the Hospice to have a cup of tea with other people in a similar situation. We invite all recently bereaved carers, family and friends to join us so they can meet others who are going through a similar experience. We provide tea, coffee, cake and a warm welcome.
People often value the opportunity to meet others in a similar situation as well as the chance to enquire about futher support available.
Tea Junctions are held once a month on a Wednesday, alternately at 10am to 12noon, or from 6pm to 8pm.
If you would like to find out more about these events you can contact the Hospice’s Counselling Support Service directly on 01892 820525.
Counselling can enable you to find ways of coping with loss and face the challenging effects of grief.
Individual counselling allows clients to explore experiences and feelings they may not be comfortable sharing with friends and relatives.
Counselling sessions are 50 minutes long and usually take place weekly in one of our counselling rooms at the Hospice. However, we are a flexible service and the number, regularity and location of sessions can be discussed and arranged with you. Counsellors are required to make brief session notes and these are confidential within the organisation. This could only change if there is a risk of someone being harmed. However, this will always be discussed in a counselling session at the earliest opportunity.
We can provide Music Therapy or Art Therapy as an alternative to talking therapies.
Individual counselling is available for all family and friends of patients who were under our care, and is offered free of charge.
If you have recently been bereaved and your friend or relative was not one of our patients, we can offer our specialist palliative care and bereavement counselling through we:counsel, an extension of our services to provide counselling and support to those who cannot access counselling through the Hospice. To find out more information about we:counsel, or to book an appointment, phone the Counselling Support Service on 01892 820 525.
Approaching the Counselling Support Service to find out about counselling is not necessarily the same as signing up for counselling. Your first appointment will be an opportunity to meet with a counsellor and discuss your situation in confidence. If you then decide that counselling is appropriate, and may be helpful, arrangements will be made for you to meet with a counsellor on a weekly basis for an agreed number of sessions. To book an introductory appointment, ring the Counselling Support Service on 01892 820525.
Our Chaplain holds First Anniversary Remembrance Gatherings throughout the year to help family members and carers mark the one year anniversary of their bereavement. For more information, contact the Counselling Support Service on 01892 820525. For more information on the Spiritual Support we provide, click here.