​Your grief is unique to you - but you don't have to go through it alone. We offer support of various kinds to families of our patients, and you can find details below. We also offer support to bereaved people in our wider community and there is a link to this information towards the end of this page.

Bereavement support

Each of us reacts to bereavement in our own way.  Sometimes you just need to talk. You may find it helpful to meet others in a similar situation and share your experiences at one of our group meetings, or our bereavement team can offer you one to one support. For some, supporting a charity in memory of a loved one can help with the grieving process. Donating to a cause, or dedicating a fundraising effort can be a good way to celebrate the life and legacy of a loved one

30trained bereavement support volunteers

450people provided with bereavement support in 2017

130bereaved children supported in 2017

Early Bereavement Café

10.30 – 11.45 3rd Monday of each month (including Bank Holidays) at Princess Alice Hospice.

The Early Bereavement Café is for people in the first four months of bereavement. Come and meet our bereavement volunteers in a relaxed, friendly and supportive atmosphere. Just come along – no need to book. One of our volunteers will be at reception to meet and greet you.

Note: this Bereavement Café is for bereaved people whose loved one died under the care of Princess Alice Hospice.

Monthly Bereavement Group

11.00 – 12.30 2nd Monday of every month, at the Hospice

Come to our informal coffee mornings to talk, listen and support each other. The group is open to all, whether you’ve lost a partner, parent, child, sibling or close friend. This group is more suitable for people who have been bereaved for more than four months or so and there is no need to book.

Note: this Bereavement Café is for bereaved people whose loved one died under the care of Princess Alice Hospice.

Closed Bereavement Group

The Closed Bereavement Group is limited to the same 6 people who meet for 8 consecutive weeks. The next Closed Bereavement Group runs from Friday 3 May to Friday 21 June 2019 from 1.30 pm to 3.00 pm. If you are interested in joining a group please contact Cathy Spooner on 01372 461993 or e-mail bereavementsupport@pah.org.uk   The Closed Group is not recommended for those who are in the early stages of bereavement, and we would recommend that you have a few sessions of 1:1 bereavement support before joining the group.

Closed groups are those in which all members begin the group at the same time. Talking and listening to others can be really beneficial. It can be a relief to hear others discuss what they’re going through, and realise you’re not alone. Group members will start out as strangers, but in a short amount of time, they may become a valuable and trusted source of support.

Note: this group is available for bereaved people whose loved one died under the care of Princess Alice Hospice.

LGBT Bereavement Support Group

11.00 – 12.30 2nd Wednesday of each month.

An informal drop-in support group open to any lesbian, gay, bi-sexual or transgender person who has been bereaved.

Note: this group is available for bereaved people whose loved one died under the care of Princess Alice Hospice.

Walk and Talk

Walking and talking is doubly therapeutic! Come along to meet and share experiences with others who are bereaved during a gentle walk, followed by a cup of tea or coffee. No need to book. No dogs please.

1st Thursday of the month in Bushy Park – meet at 10.45am in the Pheasantry Café car park.

2nd Wednesday of the month in Richmond Park -meet at 10.45am in the car park by Pembroke Lodge for all months except May, when we meet at the kiosk by the entrance of Broomfield Hill car park, as the walk is in the Isabella Plantation which is known for its evergreen azaleas which are at their best in late April and early May.

Note: this group is available for bereaved people whose loved one died under the care of Princess Alice Hospice.

Monthly Remembrance Service

First Wednesday of every month 3pm to 4pm, in the large meeting room at the Hospice.

This service is available for all bereaved people whose loved one died under the care of Princess Alice Hospice.

The Dovetail group

The Dovetail group provides creative activities and a chance for children, young people and their parents or carers to share experiences with other people in a similar situation.

 

For more information, please contact our Children in Need social worker on 01372 461805.

Grieving is a natural process, we need to give ourselves time and space to mourn.