Counselling and Bereavement
At St Benedict’s Hospice & Centre for Specialist Palliative Care, we strive to provide the utmost support available to our patients and the people closest to them. We are able to offer family support and bereavement counselling to the carers and family members of patients receiving support from our services and throughout the bereavement process.
Bereavement Counselling Service
Coping with the loss of a loved one can feel overwhelming. Often it can be hard to talk to those close to you about your fears and anxieties, concerns about the future and the difficult emotions you are experiencing. Talking to a counsellor offers you a confidential, safe place to be listened to, understood and accepted, to help you to make sense of how you feel at this difficult time.
The Bereavement Counselling Service at Benedict’s Hospice & Centre for Specialist Palliative Care provides one to one counselling to families experiencing bereavement. We are able to offer counselling to the carers and family members of patients receiving support from our services who are facing the loss of a loved one and throughout the bereavement process.
We also routinely offer counselling to patients coming to terms with their diagnosis and with their own feelings of loss. All of our counselling services is provided by fully trained and qualified counsellors.
To find out more about our Bereavement Counselling Service, call us on 0191 512 8400 or read our dedicated leaflet today.Service Leaflet
Bereavement Support Group
Bereavement is a unique experience for each individual and those who attend may be at different stages of their grief. It can be helpful to talk to others who may be experiencing similar feelings to yourself and share experiences. The group provides an opportunity for mutual support and understanding and is facilitated by a Bereavement Counsellor. The group is open to any bereaved friend or relative of a patient who was supported by St Benedict’s Hospice or Specialist Palliative Care Services.
Family Support Counselling
The Family Support Counselling Service at Benedict’s Hospice & Centre for Specialist Palliative Care supports children and young people aged 16 years and under who currently have or have had a family member receiving treatment through the hospice.
Children, like adults, experience difficult emotions when a key member of their family becomes ill. Sometimes they express their feelings in different ways to adults and sometimes withdraw from them. It can be difficult for children to find a voice to express their worries and fears and make sense of their experience.
Our Family Support Counsellor works with children in a safe and confidential setting and, through the mediums of play and art, will assist the child in finding a way to express their difficult feelings. Sessions will last up to an hour and take place at the hospice or occasionally at a suitable community venue. The Family Support Counsellor can liaise with the family and school to provide the support during school time if necessary.
The Family Support Counsellor can also work with parents and the family as a whole to facilitate difficult discussions about bereavement and loss.
To find out more about our Family Support Counselling Service, call us on 0191 512 8400 or read our dedicated leaflet today.