'Virtual' bereavement support can be really valuable, but sometimes being able to meet with people who have also been bereaved can be so helpful - and this is where our community bereavement cafes come in. But what is a bereavement cafe, and where are they? Community Bereavement Support Coordinator Sally explains...
  • Community Bereavement Cafés are hosted and run by our partners, to support anyone in the community who has experienced a bereavement.
  • Princess Alice Hospice supports our partners by providing bereavement support training to their volunteers, together with guidance, support and literature, enabling them to set up their own Bereavement Café.  Ongoing training and advertising are all provided to give their Bereavement Café the best chance of success.
  • Bereavement is an individual experience, however at a Bereavement Café you have the opportunity to connect with others who have been through loss and who understand what you are going through.
  • Bereavement Café is a place where you can talk about how your loss is affecting you.
  • Losing someone you have been close to turns your life upside down.  You may feel confused, unhappy, angry, shocked, depressed – all at the same time.
  • Talking with someone about the person who has died and speaking openly about how you feel and how this affects your life, can really help you.
  • A Bereavement Café is a safe place to talk.
  • You may find it easier opening up to people who are outside of your usual circle.  People who won’t try to offer advice but will be there to simply listen to your story.  They also won’t mind if you get emotional and need a place to have a cry.
  • A Bereavement Café is not a form of counselling.
  • Bereavement isn’t a problem that needs solving, it’s an adjustment to life that takes time to make.  Most bereaved people do not need a form of counselling.  Please feel free to join one of our Bereavement Cafés.

The Community Bereavement Cafés that have now re-started are:-

Ashford, Claygate, East Molesey, Ewell, Fetcham, Great Tattenhams, Hampton Hill, New Malden, Shepperton, Thames Ditton and Whitton

Similarly, the Community Walk & Talks provide an opportunity to talk whilst enjoying a leisurely walk outdoors with like-minded people and supportive volunteers.

The Community Walk & Talks that have re-started are:-

Ashtead and East Molesey

The Community Bereavement Cafés and Community Walk and Talks which are currently running are indicated with a blue dove on the map below:

Map showing the bereavement cafes listed on this page

For more information visit, click on the links, call 01372 461996 or e-mail cc@pah.org.uk.

If you know of a group that may be interested in setting up a Bereavement Café or Walk & Talk within the Hospice’s care area, please contact Sally Holland to find out more about the free training we can offer sallyholland@pah.org.uk