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Bereavement support


The illness and death of someone you love can have a profound and lasting impact – at any age. We know that everyone responds to grief in their own way. Our specially trained team of bereavement volunteers offer vital support for families including young children and teenagers to help you through the stages of your grief. We offer one to one sessions or group support.

Bereavement support

Monthly Bereavement Groups

Early Bereavement Café
Members of the Bereavement Team will be available in the Coffee Shop for anyone bereaved four months or less.  Please feel free to just turn up, to gain support and understanding in a friendly atmosphere.

Third Monday of every month from 10.30am to 11.45am

Daytime Monthly Bereavement Group
Attend our informal coffee mornings to talk, listen and gain support with others going through a similar experience. The group is open to all, whether the patient under the care of the hospice was a partner, parent, child or sibling, and is more suitable to those who have been bereaved for six months or longer.

Second Monday of each month from 11am – 12.30pm.

Please note that whilst refurbishments are taking place at the Hospice, this group is meeting at Imber Court, Ember Lane, East Molesey, Surrey KT8 0BT.

The Dovetail Group
Family bereavement group, with groups for children, young people and adults.

Second Tuesday of every month, 4.30pm – 6pm.

LGBT Bereavement Support Group
Informal drop-in support group open to any lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender person who has been bereaved.

Second Wednesday of every month 11am – 12.30pm.

Walk and Talk
Our Walk and Talk gives you the chance to meet and share experiences with others who are bereaved and benefit from some fresh air and a leisurely walk.

Walk and talk

Bushy Park Walk and Talk

First Thursday in the month, 11am.
Meet at 10.45am in the car park outside The Pheasantry Café in Bushy Park.

Richmond Park Walk and Talk

Second Wednesday in the month, 11am.
Meet at 10.45am in the car park outside Pembroke Lodge.

The groups will always meet unless the roads are too hazardous to drive. If the weather is bad the group may decide to call off the walk and go into the café for a chat.

Closed Bereavement Group
If you prefer small groups, we periodically run ‘closed’ groups. This is where (the same) six people meet for eight consecutive sessions. Joining a group of strangers may sound intimidating at first, but group members are almost always surprised by how rewarding the group experience can be.

Please contact the Bereavement Team on the telephone number or e-mail address below to register your interest.  The closed group is not suitable if you are newly bereaved, and we would recommend a few sessions of 1:1 bereavement support prior to joining a closed group.

If you are interested in joining this closed group please call 01372 461842 or email

Bereavement Cafés
Bereavement Cafés have been set up in the local area, with the support of the Hospice, and are open to anyone who has been bereaved.  They offer a chance to meet with others who understand the experience of loss, and provide a space to talk about the pain of bereavement and to find mutual support and encouragement when you most need it.

Please click here for details on Bereavement Cafés in the local area.

Man Shed
The Man Shed is in the grounds of the Hospice and users of the Man Shed, ‘shedders’ as they are known, are a mix of patients, carers and bereaved relatives who have been busy making, mending and re-cycling items. They have already created some wonderful book shelves for our library, specially designed gadgets to support patients who need help with everyday activities and their stall at the Christmas fair sold out within a few hours and raised much appreciated extra funds for the Hospice.  The Man Shed is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays

If you are interested in joining the Man Shed, please contact the Bereavement Team.

Contact the Bereavement Team

01372 461842

I benefited from speaking with the team both before and after Andy’s death, and the bereavement group has been a tremendous support.



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