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.
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 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 3 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.
Get in touch
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 have a variety of groups running; 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.
Phone: 01225 721496