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Bereavement support for adults

We offer bereavement support to all those who have been bereaved in north and mid Essex, regardless of the cause of death or when or where the individual has died.

We take referrals via our website or over the phone after a death has occurred and you can self-refer directly or be referred to us by someone who is supporting you, with your consent.

Each person is affected differently by bereavement and our aim is to support you emotionally, while helping you adjust to your ‘new’ life in grief.

We offer bereavement support groups designed to provide support, information and coping strategies for people who are adjusting to living with grief. We also offer therapeutic counsellor-led groups for support after bereavement by suicide, stillbirth and neo-natal death, or the death of a child. Our groups are welcoming and run by experienced staff and volunteers. At present, all group support is provided via video link.

A male counsellor is listening to another person, the image is taken from over their shoulder.

Our bereavement support may also include one-to-one counselling and support, based on an assessment of your needs. We have an experienced team of specialist bereavement volunteers and counsellors able to provide this support. At present, all one to one support is provided via telephone.

The support we offer to you is dependent on, and tailored to your needs which we identify in your assessment based on the answers you provide in your referral.

If you would like to access our bereavement service please refer yourself online in the first instance, answering all questions as fully as possible. This will take you between 10-15 minutes to complete, so please ensure you have plenty of time available to fill this out. If you have an unreliable internet connection, please call 01206 984 274 to refer yourself.

 

Bereavement during the coronavirus pandemic

During the global coronavirus pandemic, we are facing a tragic loss of life, often under very difficult circumstances including social isolation. Because of pressures on frontline services, and restrictions on visiting to hospitals etc, we understand that the death of your loved one may feel particularly traumatic.

At St Helena, we provide bereavement support to all adults, no matter the cause of death.

The death of your loved one does not have to be related to coronavirus and you do not need to have had support from St Helena prior to your referral for bereavement support. If you are bereaved at this time, you can refer yourself via our website or call 01206 984 274 for further information and support.

For further information about bereavement and coronavirus, including funerals and grieving in isolation please read our bereavement support leaflet.

Keeping in touch when you can't be with someone who is so ill that they might die leaflet

 

Bereaved by suicide

We are currently running counsellor-led online groups for adults bereaved by suicide.

You can refer yourself or another adult for this service via our website

If you are joining the group and have been asked to fill in the 'scoring tool', please download this. Once completed, please email to bvadminteam@sthelena.org.uk

Without the help and generosity of our fundraisers and donors we wouldn’t be able to offer our bereavement support to hundreds of local people each year. We offer a number of ways that people can donate in memory of a loved one to help us to continue this support. 

If you have access to a noticeboard in a workplace or community space we'd appreciate if you could print and display this poster about our bereavement service to help more people to access our support when they need it. 

Bereavement resources

Useful documents and links

Bereavement support for adults

Hospice UK Supporting Bereavement Leaflet - talking to someone who has been bereaved

Help is at Hand Suicide Booklet

Keeping in touch when you can't be with someone who is so ill that they might die leaflet

BACP - Find a Therapist 
Part of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, this is a very good place to find a therapist. It lists therapists and their experience, speciality and qualifications throughout the UK. Each therapist sets their own fees. It is worth exploring the whole website if you are uncertain what counselling is.

Cruse
A voluntary organisation which specialises in support for people who are bereaved. Cruse can help with support, counselling, education, advice and information. Counsellors are available by phone or email.

The Compassionate Friends
A voluntary organisation throughout the UK that offers many different kinds of support to those bereaved of a child (any age) – by telephone, online and through events.

Child Bereavement UK
A UK charity that supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying or when a child is facing bereavement. It offers support online on telephone and face to face from their different regional centres across the UK.

The Good Grief Trust
For support and information.

At a Loss
Dealing with bereavement and grief during thr Covid-19 pandemic.

National Bereavement Partnership
A text and telephone helpline.

Useful phone numbers

Age Concern Colchester and North East Essex - 01206 368 420

Hospice UK - 020 7520 8200

Health in Mind (IAPT) - 0300 330 5455

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide - 07531 087 623

Samaritans (support to adults to prevent suicide and for those who need to talk) - 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org (24 hour response time)

Papyrus (support for individuals up to 35 years old to prevent suicide) - 0800 068 4141 or pat@papyrus.uk.org

Veterans Gateway - 0808 802 1212 or text 81212

Silverline (information, advice & friendship for older people) - 0800 4 70 80 90

SANDS (stillbirth & neonatal death charity) - 0808 164 3332

Social care, adult concern - 0345 603 7630

Social care, child concern - 0345 603 7627

One Support (housing & benefits advice) - 0300 123 1921

National Bereavement Partnership - 0800 448 0800

 
 
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