Bereavement Support

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Grief is a natural reaction to the loss of someone close. St Clare’s bereavement support and counselling service can help you to face the grieving journey.
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It’s comforting for a patient to know their family and friends will be cared for after they die.

Led by a qualified counsellor, our bereavement support and counselling service is available to the family and friends of anyone we have cared for.

A few weeks after a person has died, we write to their families and friends, who have given their consent to be contacted, to offer an appointment with our bereavement coordinator.

In the meantime, if you feel you need support, you can make contact with our bereavement service. Even if you haven’t contacted us for a period of time, we can still offer support in times of need usually up to two years after your loss.

For St Clare Hospice Bereavement Support Service call 01279 773742


Children’s Bereavement Service

St Clare’s dedicated children’s bereavement support and counselling service can help children and young people to face the grieving journey. The aim is to provide a range of support to the children, grandchildren, relatives or loved ones of anyone who has been cared for by St Clare Hospice.

Led by a Children, Young Person and Family Therapist, the support provided is tailored to each individual’s needs. Following an individualised assessment, and based on the child or young person’s needs, they will be able to attend:

One-to-one counselling   –   Family therapy   –   Group therapy   –   Peer support

Your family will be contacted in writing eight weeks after your bereavement, and again at 20 weeks, inviting you to an individual meeting. We wait this period of time because we recognise that the first few weeks after a loss can be both busy and confusing, and we understand that you may need some times to consider what support you may need.

In the meantime, if you know a child who may require pre-bereavement or bereavement care following the loss of a loved one at St Clare Hospice, please get in touch with our Patient and Family Support Team.

To speak to our Children, Young Person and Family Therapist, please call 01279 773723

Front cover of leafletCoping with Bereavement

In our everyday life, many of us do not have to deal with death and generally death is not talked about very much.

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