It’s only natural after the death of a loved one to feel grief. How we mourn and deal with that loss is entirely personal. The most important thing to realise is that you don’t need to face it alone. Heart of Kent Hospice offers a range of bereavement support for the families, friends and carers of our patients. We are here to support you whether it’s been several months or even up to two years after your loss.

Bereavement drop-in

People who are bereaved often find they would like support at irregular, distressing and emotional times.  For instance after the funeral when you’d like to talk about your feelings and what to do or expect, or perhaps at key times throughout the year such as birthdays and anniversaries.  The bereavement drop-in enables you to seek support if and when you need it. There’s no need to book, just drop in.  You will receive emotional support, be listened to, and be given information on the impact of grief, ideas on how to cope, and details of other bereavement services both at the Hospice and in the local community.

If the trained team feel you would benefit from a more regular and in depth service they may suggest a referral for counselling.  They may also consider that meeting other people regularly, who have also been bereaved, would be beneficial for you and so discuss referring you to our bereavement support group Stepping Stones.  There may also be occasions when we would recommend other community based services and support referring you onto these.

The Bereavement drop-in meet fortnightly on Thursday between 10:00am – 11:00am here at the Hospice.  Please ring us for the date of the next meeting on 01622 792200 ext 260, or see the link below.  If you feel you would like bereavement support but do not feel able to come to the Bereavement drop-in please call us on the above number.

If you would like to find out more about our counselling service which is a more regular commitment, please visit our counselling and emotional support page.

Stepping Stones bereavement group

This fortnightly bereavement group takes place on a Thursday between 10:00am-12:00pm. It is run by our experienced bereavement counsellors, and relatives, friends, loved ones and carers are all welcome. It gives you the opportunity to meet, talk and share common experiences with others. Each meeting focuses on a different topic to help the group make sense of their grief and, in turn, start thinking about and planning for the future.

2020 dates for the Bereavement drop-in 10:00am – 11:00am and Stepping Stones bereavement group 10:30am -12:30pm. Both take place on the same day.

Bereavement drop-in timetable

Remembrance services

Some people find comfort in joining with others in a similar position to remember their loved ones. At Heart of Kent Hospice, we run remembrance events twice a year to enable you to come together with other local families to celebrate and remember the life of someone special. Our Sunflower Appeal takes place on the second Saturday in June and our Light up a Life events take place in November and December. More information on both events can be found here.

If you think you may benefit from Bereavement support, please contact our Family Support team on 01622 792200 ext 260.

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