We recognise that grief can cause people to feel a mixture of emotions such as emptiness, anger or helplessness. It can, for some, be all-consuming and debilitating.
Pendleside provides support to any bereaved person of any age residing in Burnley and Pendle, irrespective of when they were bereaved, the cause of bereavement, or relationship to the person they have lost. There is no requirement to have had previous contact with the Hospice.
Bereavement support is available in different ways:
- Counselling – adults, children and young people
- Support Group
- Complementary Therapy
- Social groups
- Cookery club
Counselling allows the time and space to talk about feelings surrounding the death of a loved one. It cannot change the situation and what has happened, but it can help to untangle thoughts and develop the ability to cope.
The bereavement support group is held on the first Monday of each month at 7.30pm at the Hospice (from 4th December 2017 this will change to 6.30 - 8pm). It is led by one of the Family Support team and offers a safe setting in which to explore feelings, share information and be with others in a similar situation.
Sessions of complementary therapy such as massage, aromatherapy and reflexology, are available to help with the effects of bereavement.
In recognition of the fact that people who are bereaved can feel lonely and isolated, the Hospice runs a variety of social groups, such as the Lunch Club, and Walk and Talk.
The Hospice Catering Manager runs an evening cookery club throughout the year for people who want to develop and enhance their cookery skills in a friendly and supportive environment.
How can I access Bereavement Support?
Referrals are accepted via the referral form, or you can self-refer by telephoning 01282 440102.
Please complete online or print and complete manually and fax to 01282 440123.
For further information please contact the Family Support team on 01282 440102.
What happens next?
A member of the Family support team will complete a telephone assessment with the bereaved person to identify their needs and arrange suitable support.
How do I contact the team?
The Family Support team can be contacted Monday – Friday between 9am and 5pm by telephoning 01282 440102.
Who will provide the support?
The Family Support team is made up of trained and student counsellors, volunteers, and Spiritual Care Coordinator.
Where will the support take place?
Support can be provided in the Hospice, out in the community, in schools, and in some cases, at home.
For more information please contact the Family Support team on 01282 440102 or e-mail our Supportive Services Manager Julia O'Neill: Julia.firstname.lastname@example.org
For details of meetings etc. see Service User Events on the homepage.