Following a bereavement it can be difficult to express your thoughts and feelings, especially to friends and family. However, sharing these emotions can be helpful.
St Luke's Hospice Bereavement Support Team includes staff and trained volunteers who offer confidential, individual and group support with the emotional issues associated with bereavement. A member of the Bereavement Support Team contacts the family up to eight weeks after the bereavement either by telephone or letter.
Should any member of the family wish to make use of the service they will be allocated a visitor who will be able to meet with them either at the hospice or in their own home. Individual support sessions last approximately one hour, with continued contact for a period of up to fourteen months, if required. Group support takes places at the hospice and runs weekly for 6 weeks. There are a maximum of 8 attendees per group and a light supper is provided.
The free services are currently offered to family and friends of people who were known to the hospice.
The Willow Group
If you would like to attend something less formal than the individual and group support sessions, every month the Patients and Family Support Service run The Willow Group. This a drop-in support network where you will have space to share and socialise with others who have been bereaved. The Willow Group takes place on the 1st Thursday of every month. If you are interested in attending, or would like more information please contact Rhonda Culshaw on 0208 382 8009 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Appointments are not necessary.
Celebration of Life/Remembrance events
St Luke's Bereavement Service organises regular Celebration of Life/Remembrance events, which take place in the hospice. The names of all those who have died are recorded in our Book of Remembrance, which can be viewed at the event.
If you wish to access the service before you have heard from the Bereavement Support Team, or if you require further information about the service, the Celebration of Life event or the Book of Remembrance, you can contact: Rhonda Culshaw or Patricia McCrossan, Family Support Services Manager/Senior Social Worker on 020 8382 8017.
If no one is available to take your call, please leave a brief message and one of the team will get back to you as soon as they can.