Bereavement Support

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.

Quick links

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.

Read our blog from our Chaplains about dealing with feelings of grief here

Join courses on bereavement for healthcare professionals from our Education team here

Other support organisations you can contact

It can be helpful to find people who have gone through something like you are going through. Don’t feel you are alone- reach out for help.

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.

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 or call: 116 123 (freephone)

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.

Hope Again is the youth website of Cruse Bereavement Support. It is a safe place where you can learn from other young people, how to cope with grief, and feel less alone.

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: