The bereavement team uses a person-focused approach that is central to palliative care. A non-judgemental, empathic style encourages bereaved people to adjust to their loss and reconnect with life.

An individual plan of care is agreed with the client and may be comprised of one of the following:

  • Companionship and social support through the monthly coffee morning, the Friday Friendship Group, the Footsteps Walking Group or the Roots and Seeds gardening group
  • Emotional support through a series of one-to-one meetings with a trained and supervised bereavement support volunteer
  • A series of appointments with the UK Council for Psychotherapy accredited bereavement counsellors

All families and carers over the age of 16 whose significant other accessed support are followed up by the bereavement team. The team also accepts referrals from other hospices, where the bereaved live in our area.

Children

The Hospice works in collaboration with Nelson’s Journey who provide bereavement support for children up to the age of 17.