As important as our care is for patients it is equally important that we care for their loved ones.
Our care for families begins before a person dies and then continues into bereavement supporting those people close to our patients.
Bereavement Support Service
When a patient has died, we offer a bereavement support service to family and carers. We do this by contacting their next of kin a few months later and offering our services should they be needed.
From this point, people can 'self-refer', asking us for help if required. We will then initially provide a bereavement assessment, so that we can determine the appropriate level of help that's required and to provide suitable support, through trained counsellors and volunteers.
Bereavement support sessions can help people work through their grief and become more resilient. Sessions are provided one to one at the hospice, but there is also the opportunity to attend a therapeutic support group.
Evenings of Remembrance
Our quarterly remembrance evenings provide an opportunity for those who have recently lost a loved one in the hospice's care to come together and remember them.
During the service the names of those who have recently died will be read out and there will be time to reflect and remember loved ones and listen to readings and music.
The service is non-religious and lasts for about half an hour followed by a few prayers at the end for those who wish to take part in this.
Following the main service there will be an opportunity for people to stay for a while for refreshments and to light their own candles in memory of a loved one or write a message on our memory tree if they wish to.
The service can prove very beneficial, and can help people feel less alone in their grief. Many people tell us that they find it beneficial to come to the hospice.