Bereavement care

Continuing to support family and friends after the death of a loved one.

Coping with the illness or death of a loved one can be incredibly difficult. Our Family Services Team can support bereaved families, including children, through the grieving process, helping them to cope and adjust to the loss and changes taking place.

Life was so hard after my daughter died; I don’t know what I would have done without the support of St Wilfrid’s Hospice. They provided such great support to my husband and I and in the early days they really helped us just cope with daily life.

We work with loved ones to promote resilience by identifying their strengths and suggesting coping strategies that may help.

We can also offer help and advice concerning a person’s social situation, including aspects such as housing and benefits and can signpost or refer on to other relevant organisations and services that can offer additional help.

At St Wilfrid’s we like to keep in touch with all those whose loved one has died whilst under the care of the Hospice and we can help if you feel you might find it helpful to talk to someone outside your circle of family and friends. We have counselling options to suit different needs: on a one-on-one basis, by telephone or in person, and in various group settings – both at the Hospice or whilst out walking with our “Walk & Talk” group. These groups offer a great opportunity to meet and talk to other people in a similar situation to you.

If you have any questions about any of the services above, please call us on 01243 775302 for more information.


The government provides some practical information about what to do after a death.

We’ve also provided details of how to register a death.

You may also like to know more about how to organise a funeral collection.

Other pages in Bereavement care