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Bereavement Support

Hospice in the Weald is remaining up to date on the current outbreak of COVID and continues to follow advice from Public Heath England and the NHS. In some instances, we are taking additional precautions to safeguard our patients, families, carers and our workforce.

As part of these additional precautions, the Counselling and Support Service will not be providing non-urgent face to face counselling sessions and Tea Junctions. They are maintaining telephone counselling, Ward support and staff support and introducing video sessions via a secure site.

This is to ensure that we can follow thorough infection control measures, and focus staffing and resources at our In-Patient Ward in Pembury to provide the best possible care to patients, families and carers.

We are contacting all patients and clients who would normally attend the Hospice for counselling to offer either telephone or video sessions.

Any patient or family member with concerns should contact the Counselling and Support Service office on 01892 820525 or Jane Pantony, Head of Counselling and Support Services, via, jane.pantony@hospiceintheweald.org.uk

 

 

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

Tea Junctions are informal social gatherings, where bereaved carers, family and friends get together so they can meet others who are going through a similar experience. We provide tea, coffee and a warm welcome.

People often value the opportunity to meet others in a similar situation as well as the chance to enquire about further support available.

Tea Junctions are held once a month at the Hospice.

If you would like to find out more about these events you can contact the Hospice’s Counselling and Support Service directly on 01892 820525 or by completing this form.

 

Individual counselling

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 and regularity of sessions can be discussed and arranged with you. Counsellors are required to make brief session notes which will remain confidential. 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.

Individual counselling is available for all family and friends of patients who were under our care, and is offered free of charge.

Approaching the Counselling and 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 and Support Service on 01892 820525.

 

Remembrance Gatherings

Our Chaplains 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 and Support Service on 01892 820525. For more information on the Spiritual Support we provide please visit the In Patient Ward section of this website.

 

Treasured Textiles

The Treasured Textiles group offers individuals a space to work creatively with personal and sentimental materials such as loved ones clothes. The group provides an opportunity to create unique pieces and can help to process loss and grief by working with your materials and expressing yourself creatively on your own personal project. Projects could include: pillow cases, quilts, stuffed toys and many more.

Please visit the Hospice Day Service page to find out more about Treasured Textiles and Creative Arts at the Hospice. If you have any further questions then please get in touch with Georgia Clarke on 01892 820578 or email georgia.clarke@hospiceintheweald.org.uk