"The Bereavement service provides support to families and friends of patients of the hospice. Quite often they are isolated; have challenging family or personal circumstances so are unable to cope with their loss. We provide support via the telephone; 121 face to face work and groups to help them through the most difficult period. We also hold a Remembrance event quarterly which gives families a safe supportive space to reflect on their loss and help bring closure."
Amanda K Rogers
Bereavement Services Co-ordinator
"Busy, challenging and varied job – sometimes the only support that people have during illness."
Social Worker and Counsellor
"My position offers support to children, parents pre and post-bereavement and it is therefore quite wide ranging. Both parents often worry about what to say to their children and how they are going to cope in the event of death. I believe that having someone who can support them in their role as parents is important as it relieves them of their isolation, they feel understood and it normalises their anxiety. For the children the counselling service offers an opportunity to process the traumatic experience they are going through by sharing thoughts and emotions who are often unable to talk about outside, at school or at home. Indeed family sessions are often arranged in order to facilitate the sharing of those different feelings difficult to express at home."
Children and Young People's Counsellor