What is bereavement support?
However prepared we may feel death still may come as a shock and it is not unusual to feel numb, confused and full of overwhelming emotions. As the sense of shock subsides some stronger emotions can be experienced such as sadness, anger, regret, guilt and loneliness. Sometimes it can be difficult to know where to turn or who to talk to since other friends and family members may also be grieving. At the Martlets Hospice we aim to continue to offer support to families and friends of our patients following the death of a loved one and our service is available to families and friends of both the Hospice and Hospice at Home patients. The bereavement service offers a confidential space where people can share and explore their concerns.
Why might talking help?
Talking and being listened to can help lessen feelings of loneliness, isolation and distress. Talking to someone who is outside your situation can help you face fears and difficulties you are encountering as you adjust to your changed life situation. It can also help you to develop coping strategies in order to manage your bereavement so that you can begin to move forward in life once more.
How does the service work?
Usually we write six weeks after a bereavement with the offer of support, however people can also refer themselves at any time by contacting the hospice directly. Following an initial telephone conversation the person requesting support would be invited to come to the Hospice and meet with one of our counsellors for an assessment appointment. This session is an opportunity to talk about what has been going on since their bereavement and discuss the best way to receive support. A number of options may be available which may include ongoing counselling sessions, bereavement volunteer visitor support, the giving of further information about other support networks and referral to external agencies.
Our counselling is provided by professionally qualified and experienced counsellors. Sessions are usually held at the hospice and last about 50 minutes. The number of sessions offered will depend on the nature of the person’s needs and circumstances.
Bereavement Volunteer Visiting
Our trained volunteer bereavement visitors are available to visit people in their homes and support people while they are grieving.
If you are experiencing concerns or worries about a child related to their bereavement, we would be happy to help. Our trained counsellors are available to listen and offer information and advice over the telephone or you can to make an appointment for yourself or your child to come and meet with a counsellor.
A Time to Remember
These evenings are held regularly in the Hospice to remember people who have died. Usually an invitation will be sent to family members, carers or friends connected to the patient 6-9 months after their bereavement.
During the evening, there is a short selection of readings and music, candles are lit and the names of those who have died are read out. Afterwards refreshments are offered and members of the Patient and Family Support Team are available to offer support and an opportunity to talk.
Is the counselling service free?
Yes our service is free of charge to all our patients and their families.
If you would like more information please call: 01273 273400 and ask to speak with a member of the Patient and Family Support Team.