Bereavement Support

** Due to the coronavirus outbreak, some Hospice services have been affected. Bereavement support is available but this will be telephone support until further notice.**

We have provided some digital resources below that you are welcome to download, and we are also offering telephone support during office hours throughout the week.

Bereavement Support at St Leonard’s
Support for bereaved adults (age 18+)

Call 01904 777772 Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm (Until 7pm on Thursdays)

We will…

• talk through with you the best way we can support you
• be a listening ear if you need someone to talk to
• offer emotional support enabling you to talk openly about your feelings
• signpost you to other services and resources that you might find helpful, if needed

At busy times we may not be able to take your call immediately. PLEASE CALL BACK IF LINES ARE BUSY.

Please remember that all our support is conducted over the telephone at the moment.

There are also digital resources available to support you here:

Our Bereavement Support leaflet can be downloaded here

Help sheet #1 - Bereavement Support Update

Help sheet #2 - Grieving, Isolation & Loneliness

Help sheet #3 - 
Coping with grief when you can’t be there to say farewell

Help sheet #4 - Funerals

Visit here for assistance with Advance Care Planning.

Bereavement Support Video: An Introduction with Jonathan Bauer

Bereavement Support Video #1: Grief in Exceptional Times

Bereavement Support Video #2: Looking After Yourself at a Time of Loss

Bereavement Support Video #3: Understanding Grief

We also offer bereavement support for children after someone close to them has died in the Hospice. Here's Social Worker Jenny reading from 'No Matter What' by Debi Gliori, a lovely story about children’s worries and a parent’s endless capacity for love. We find this book very helpful in children’s bereavement sessions and we hope you will find it a helpful resource in these challenging times. 

There are also some very useful resources at -


Our Bereavement Team offers support to families following the death of a loved one 
either in the Hospice or under the care of Hospice@Home, however our Bereavement Drop-in is open to anyone within the community who has been bereaved - please see information below.
Grief is a natural response to the loss of a loved one and everyone grieves in their own way. Many find it helpful to be able to express their feelings and to talk about the person who has died. Our team offer a listening and support service and can help answer questions such as, 'is this normal?', 'am I going mad?'  or 'other people say I should...?' Our support may be offered face to face, by telephone or a combination of both, depending on what suits you.    

Children & Young People
A child’s grief will be affected by their age, maturity, circumstances and temperament. Sometimes parents and grandparents are unsure how to support their children but we can offer help and advice.  

Bereavement Drop-in

The Bereavement Drop-in is an informal opportunity for adults who have been bereaved, whether linked with the Hospice or not, to talk to others with similar experiences. Each Drop-in is run by experienced Bereavement Support workers and volunteers. 

Drop-in sessions are free to attend and run from 5pm until 7pm every other Thursday. You can arrive at any time and stay for as long as you like. Light refreshments are available.

We will review the continuing support we offer, as you can access support for as long as you need to. 

Drop-in Dates for 2020 (please note these sessions are not currently going ahead in person due to the COVID-19 pandemic - see above for current service updates.)

Thursday 2nd, 16th and 30th January
Thursday 13th and 27th February
Thursday 12th and 26th March
Thursday 9th and 23rd April
Thursday 7th and 21st May
Thursday 4th and 18th June
Thursday 2nd and 16th and 30th July
Thursday 13th and 27th August
Thursday 10th and 24th September
Thursday 8th and 22nd October
Thursday 5th and 19th November
Thursday 3rd and 17th December

For more information please call the Bereavement Team on 01904 708553.