At St Wilfrid’s Hospice, we care for our patients and their loved ones. When a loved one dies, even if it was expected, it can be shocking and difficult for partners, families and friends.
Our services extend to bereavement care, and our Family Services Team and our Community Support Team volunteers are trained in caring for and supporting people whose loved one has died under the care of the Hospice.
This page has selection of useful guidance for anyone who is dealing with the death of a loved one.
Ways we can support you
Speak to our Family Services Team
If your loved one has been under the care of the Hospice, ask for a referral to our Family Services Team by calling 01243 755302, and speaking to our Clinical Admin Team. Our Family Services Team includes social workers, Chaplains and counsellors. We use translation services if English is not your main language, and we support people of all faiths.
Other support organisations you can contact
The UK’s signposting website for the bereaved. They can help you find bereavement services and counselling. They also have resources on coronavirus pandemic bereavement.
Information and support for anyone bereaved through drug or alcohol use.
Support when a baby or child of any age is dying, or a child is facing bereavement.
Information and support after a bereavement.
Coalition of individual and organisational members across England and Wales, aiming to help people talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement, and to make plans for the end of life.
Charity run by the bereaved, helping all those suffering grief in the UK. Can help you find reassurance, advice and support. They have a detailed page of coronavirus bereavement advice.
Samaritans are open 24/7 for anyone who needs to talk. You can visit some Samaritans branches in person.
Support for people bereaved by sudden death.
Emotional and practical support and local groups for anyone bereaved or affected by suicide.
Offers a peer-to-peer support network to anyone who was aged 50 or under when their partner died.
Practical support when someone dies
When someone dies, there are some things that you must do if you are the next of kin. This can be hard to navigate when you are grieving, so ask for help from your funeral director and your friends or family if you can.
Below are some useful websites that give you step by step guidance on what to do: