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.
Often people just enjoy sitting and chatting in a supportive and friendly atmosphere, but there are always members of the counselling service present to support you as well.
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.
Bereavement Support Groups
Bereavement Support Groups are structured groups that meet for four consecutive weeks for two hours, usually from 6pm to 8pm. Different topics related to bereavement are covered. We ask that you come to all four sessions so that the members of the group have a good chance to get to know each other. There will be up to ten people in each group.
The topics covered are:
Week 1: Meeting each other and an introduction to ways of understanding grief.
Week 2: Exploring personal and social support and learning how to maximise or expand these.
Week 3: Doing some memory work; this may mean bringing a photograph of the person who has died and talking about them, or making a memory box or your own personal memory project. We will provide some craft materials.
Week 4 : What’s next? Facing the future.
If you would like more information about this service, or would like to come to a group, please contact the Counselling Support Service on 01892 820525.
If your own personal way of dealing with your bereavement feels like a struggle or a battle you are losing, or if you have feelings and memories that you want to discuss privately, away from your family and friends, then individual counselling is the right service for you.
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.