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.
Monthly bereavement groups
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.
Daytime Monthly Bereavement Group: Second Monday of each month from 11am – 12.30pm
New: Monthly Evening Bereavement Group
Third Monday of every month, 7 – 8.30pm
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.
Bushy Park Walk and Talk
First Thursday in the month, 11 am.
Meet at 10.45am near The Pheasantry Café in Bushy Park.
Richmond Park Walk and Talk
Second Wednesday in the month, 11am.
Meet at 10.45am at 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.
I have been on two walks now and found everyone so friendly and so caring. Although I lost my husband over two years ago, it was because of a friend I came along to join them. I am so glad I have.
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.
The next Closed Group is a Creative Closed Group starting on Monday 3rd October for 6 weekly sessions from 6pm to 7.30 pm. In the group we will remember loved ones using a variety of means including photographs, music, journal writing and poetry. Creative forms of expression can be therapeutic as well as stimulating and enjoyable. Everyone is welcome, whether you are naturally creative or not. Please contact the Bereavement Service Administrator, Alison Glynne-Jones on 01372 461 842 or email email@example.com.
Contact the Bereavement Team
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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