Bereavement cafés are monthly drop-in sessions that are open to all bereaved people, whether or not they have had a loved one under the care of the Hospice. They offer refreshments and a chance to talk with someone who is trained to listen, and to share experiences with other bereaved people.
Help with bereavement
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.
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.
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 Sally Holland on 01372 461993 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.
Monthly Remembrance Service
First Wednesday of every month 3pm to 4pm, in the large meeting room at the Hospice.
This service is open to all who wish to attend.
Details for Bereavement cafés
|Address and phone number||Date and time|
|New Malden Methodist Church,
49 High Street, New Malden, KT3 4BY
Tel: 020 8942 1288
|Second Tuesday of each month (from April 2019):
2.30pm – 4pm
|St Mary’s Community Hall, Church Road,
Long Ditton, KT6 5HH.
Tel: 020 8339 0008
|Second Wednesday of each month:
7:30pm – 9pm
|Banstead Day Centre, The Horseshoe,
Banstead, SM7 2BQ.
Tel: 01737 352156(NB this cafe is run with Age Concern)
|Second Thursday of each month:
11am – 12 noon
|St Mary’s Cafe, St Mary’s Road,
East Molesey, KT8 0ST.
Tel: 020 8941 5901
|Second Thursday of each month:
12:30 – 2pm
|St Mark’s Church, Great Tattenhams, KT18 5RD.
Tel: 01737 353011
|Second Saturday of each month:
10:30am – 11:30am
|St Mary’s Church Hall, London Road,
Ewell KT17 2AY.
Tel: 020 8393 2643
|Third Tuesday of each month:
|The Well, King’s Community Church, St Martin’s Court,
Ashford TW15 3NB.
Tel: 01784 240660
|Third Friday of each month:
|St Nicholas’ Church Hall, Summer Road,
Thames Ditton KT7 0QQ.
Tel: 020 8398 9641
|Fourth Wednesday of each month:
11am -12 noon
|Place to Go, Hampton Hill United Reformed Church, 35 High Street,
Hampton Hill, TW12 1NB.
Tel: 020 8941 3447
|Fourth Thursday of each month:
10:30am -12:00 noon
For more information about any of our bereavement services for adults, please contact our Bereavement Service Coordinator on 01372 461842.
You may also find this list of additional bereavement services useful.
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.