Bereavement support

Our care does not end at the death of a loved one.

Bereavement support Julie

We continue to support the whole family after death too, for as long as you need us. We offer pre-bereavement counselling to help every family, including children, come to terms with death - making the difference when it matters the most.

How can bereavement support help me?

We’re here for you, to give emotional care as well as support with any practical matters such as registering the death and arranging the funeral.

How long can we have bereavement support for?

Bereavement support quote JulieWe will support you for as long as you need us. Over the months or years ahead, we’re here for you and your family; we can visit you at home and we are only a phone call away. Here are some of the people you might meet.

Can I have one-to-one support?

Yes, one-to-one support is a vital part of what we do at the hospice and, if need be, we can give one-to-one support at
home or at a child or young person’s school.

Are there any support groups I can join?

We have several groups to help you and your family cope with your bereavement.

You might like to join Shoulders of Support, which is for mums and dads who have experienced the death of a child. The group meets at the hospice from 7:30 to 9:30pm, once a month on a Tuesday.

There’s our Silver Lining support group for anyone whose loved one has died. It can help you to share your feelings with others who have had a similar experience. The group meets at the hospice from 7:30 to 9:30pm once a month on a Thursday.

We also have Talking Elephants which brings together spouses and partners who have been bereaved, for coffee and conversation.

Sparklers groupIs there support for my child?

Yes, there’s Sparklers. This is a pre- and post-bereavement support group for children aged five to 18 years old. Sparklers runs every month on a Saturday from 10am to 1pm. It’s a great way of using fun and play to help explore feelings and share stories. We also offer one-to-one sessions, if preferred.

 

Do you have any regular remembrance events?

Bereavement servicesWe hold our beautiful, annual Light Up a Life service where you can dedicate a light on our hospice Christmas tree in memory of your loved one, whether an adult or a child. The service is held in early December when the tree is lit up for the first time and it remains lit up until Twelfth Night.

We also hold our remembrance service for bereaved families, Daffodil Sunday, in May each year.

Set up a tribute site

You might also like to remember a loved one through an online tribute site, where you can place a personal memorial. Keech Hospice Care works with the web-based memorial charity MuchLoved to help people create a dedicated tribute site on the internet.

How do I find out more?

Talk to our bereavement support workers by calling 01582 492339 or email sandrews@keech.org.uk.

Download our bereavement services leaflet.

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