Adults

Bereavement is deeply distressing but it’s also a common and natural experience.

Our team of skilled volunteer bereavement support practitioners are trained to provide one-to-one emotional support for family members, carers and friends of anyone who has died in our care.

If you feel you need to talk to someone our bereavement practitioners offer individual time to help you express your grief openly and discuss any particular difficulties that have arisen in your bereavement. They can visit you at the Hospice, at home or virtually.

 

Fore more information about our bereavement services, or if you wish to talk to someone, please contact the team by phone or email:
Phone: 01225 721496
Email: bereavementsupportadmin@dorothyhouse-hospice.org.uk

Experiencing grief

While everyone grieves in their own way, there are feelings, thoughts and behaviours which many people experience. These can include:

  • numbness, shock and disbelief
  • relief, guilt, fear, anger, anxiety, agitation
  • loneliness, helplessness or depression
  • needing to understand why it has happened and whether anything could have been done differently
  • disappointment or despair that hopes and dreams will not now be realised
  • difficulty with sleeping, eating, concentration or short term memory
  • feeling upset if some family or friends avoid contact
  • being unable to contemplate a different future or to believe that you’ll ever find happiness again
  • feeling you are ‘going mad’
  • experiencing a loss of self-confidence and confusion about who you are now.
Identifying if you need extra support

Most people will receive all the support and help they need from family and friends. However, for some, the opportunity to meet with a professional bereavement worker or other recently bereaved people facing similar challenges can be helpful.

You may need extra support if you:

  • are isolated, have no-one to confide in and want to talk about what has happened
  • are not sleeping or eating normally, or are having bad dreams or nightmares
  • cannot concentrate or function effectively
  • continue to feel tense, confused, empty, exhausted or depressed
  • are having accidents or are over reliant on alcohol or drugs
  • had an ambivalent relationship with the person who has died
  • have experienced more than one major loss or change recently
Our bereavement support practitioners

Our bereavement support practitioners are skilled volunteers who receive regular supervision and training. After an initial meeting, they will usually arrange to meet with you for around six sessions, after which they will review with you how things are going. If more sessions are needed, they will then agree these with you.

In general, this type of support is not effective immediately after you have been bereaved. We usually suggest that people wait for around three months before deciding whether they would like to see a bereavement support practitioner.

However, if you would like more information about this service or if you just need to talk to someone, please contact us.

How we can support you

We can offer a range of support options to best suit your needs.

  • We have a list of bereavement resources you can download here
  • We also run a variety of groups. These offer you the opportunity to meet with others are who are also bereaved and can help with the common feeling of isolation
  • Our bereavement service support practitioners offer individual time to help you express your grief openly and discuss any particular difficulties that have arisen in your bereavement.

If you’d like more information about our bereavement services, or if you wish to talk to someone, please contact the team using the phone or email above.