The Norfolk Hospice has joined forces with East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) to offer a bereavement support group for local families. The group, for parents who receive EACH bereavement support, is running once a month and EACH has trained counsellors available for parents and siblings to talk to.

Lyndsay Carter, Chief Executive said,

We are delighted to be working with EACH to provide them with a local facility to support families at this difficult time. Without the Hospice’s intervention families would have to continue travelling long distances for group support, which is not always possible or practical. This partnership will bring a vital service closer to our community. We hope to work more closely with EACH in the future to provide transitional care for children.

EACH cares for children with life-threatening conditions and supports their families, with all aspects of its service, including post-bereavement counselling, meeting the individual needs of the whole family. Although that can include offering one-to-one support at family homes, until the Hospice agreed to offer its facilities, families had to travel to Norwich or Cambridgeshire for group bereavement support. The Hospice is keen to bring services such as this to its local community and thereby offer a more flexible arrangement for families when they need support.

Amy Brown, Team Leader/Counsellor at EACH said,

Being able to offer bereavement support locally for West Norfolk families who have lost a child through illness is important to us. It will help them to connect with other families in the same position and save them from having to travel so far for group support. We are extremely pleased that The Norfolk Hospice has offered us the use of their facilities for this vital service.