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Bereavement Service

Bereavement Support

The death of someone significant can be one of the most challenging and painful life experiences we face. Grief is often described as a roller coaster of emotions and it can be hard to make sense of our feelings and reactions and see a way forward after a loss.

While the support of family and friends can be invaluable, for different reasons this may not always be possible. If you have experienced the loss of someone who was being cared for by St. Michael’s Hospice services we can provide the following bereavement support:

Specialist bereavement counselling

  • Offers the opportunity to talk about your loss in a supportive, non- judgemental and safe space

Bereavement evenings

  • Provide you with information about grief and loss and an opportunity to meet with others experiencing loss, in a caring and supportive atmosphere. It can be comforting to know that you are not alone in your feelings and being able to meet others who are facing a similar situation can be a positive step in coping with loss.

Bereavement coffee mornings

  • These are held on the last Friday of the month from 11 am to 12.30 pm. They are facilitated by members of the Bereavement team and offer a welcoming and friendly space to meet and talk with others who are going through something similar to yourself. It can be reassuring to know that you are not alone in your grief and, although it can be beneficial to share your story, there is no pressure to do so. We have a quiet room in the Hospice and seating areas in our gardens if you wish to spend reflective time alone. Refreshments will be served.

“I attended the informal bereavement coffee mornings a number of times in the 6 months after losing my wife. Initially I was not sure how I would feel about being around so many people who were feeling sad and lonely after the death of a loved one, as I didn’t feel that I needed to be reminded of the grief. However, during the first meeting, I was reassured that this was a very positive environment, the team were very supportive and understood every stage of the grieving process. Being with others in different phases of their individual journeys, helped me to realise how I was in fact healing and starting to move on, so much so, that I feel I am now ready to move to the next chapter of my life.”

Family member of a St. Michael's Hospice patient and bereavement coffee morning attendee.

Useful Resources

Listed below are suggested child bereavement books to help with pre-bereavement, bereavement for children and young people and adults supporting children. Note that there are also some organisations you may find supportive on our useful links page.

  • Pre Bereavement Readings

  • Post Bereavement Reading for Pre-school children

  • Post Bereavement Reading for Children, 5-8 year olds

  • Post Bereavement Reading for Children, 11-18 year olds

  • Post Bereavement Reading for Children, 9-12 year olds

  • Suggested reading for adults supporting bereaved children


Further Information

If you feel you would benefit from specialist bereavement counselling or are interested in attending one of our Bereavement Evenings or Coffee Mornings, please contact the Family Support Team on 01256 848892 or email