Referrals: 01206 890 360
The Hospice: 01206 845 566
Fundraising: 01206 931 468

Bereavement Support for Adults

We offer 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 from six weeks 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 we aim to support you by helping your life to go on in the face of bereavement. 

We offer time limited, one-to-one or group bereavement support or bereavement counselling, usually at one of our day therapy centre’s. 

Our experienced bereavement volunteers offer support over the telephone, in the home or at one of St Helena’s day therapy centre’s. 

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 give in your referral. 

If you would like to access our bereavement service please refer yourself online by clicking here 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 do not have access to the internet, please call 01206 984 274 to refer yourself. 


Bereavement drop-in groups

Bereavement Coffee Morning, every Wednesday from 10.30am - 12.30pm at St Helena Hospice's Books, Brew & Boutique at Angora Business Park, Peartree Road, Stanway. 

Our drop-in Bereavement Coffee Mornings are an opportunity to meet others whose lives have been affected by bereavement. They provide an informal and relaxed safe space to talk, laugh and cry, amongst a welcoming group of people. This Coffee Morning is open to anyone in the community who has been bereaved, regardless of where or how a loved one died.

This group is facilitated by St Helena’s bereavement family support workers and bereavement volunteers. 

No need to book - just drop-in. Anyone who needs bereavement support is welcome.

(Please note, there will be no coffee morning on Christmas Day, 25th December or New Year’s Day, 1st January)


Saturday Bereavement drop-ins - launching in 2020

The last Saturday of every month (see dates below) from 10.30am - 12.30pm at St Helena Hospice's Learning and Development Centre, Barncroft Close, Colchester

The Bereavement Drop-ins are open to anybody who has been bereaved - you do not need to have been referred to St Helena already, or you could be an existing client. 

The group is designed to offer education, light support and information. For more information, please call 01206 984 274. 

Dates for 2020:
25th January, 29th February, 28th March, 25th April, 30th May, 27th June, 25th July, 29th August, 26th September, 31st October, 28th November, 19th December


Bereavement Resources

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

Useful Documents

Help is at Hand Suicide Booklet 


During the summer and at Christmas we provide an opportunity for families and friends to remember and commemorate the death of their loved one within an informal setting at one of our memorial services run by St Helena’s chaplaincy and bereavement teams. 

Remember and celebrate a loved one this Christmas at one of our Light up a Life services - find your nearest service here  

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.

Contact Information
Fundraising

To contact the St Helena Fundraising team, please telephone 01206 931 468 or email fundraising@sthelena.org.uk , Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 5.00pm.

SinglePoint

24 hour advice: SinglePoint 01206 890 360 

SinglePoint is a 24/7 advice and support helpline which helps to coordinate an individual’s care with the hospice. SinglePoint also works alongside other healthcare services such as GPs, Community Nurses or Specialists. 

The Hospice

To contact a patient at The Hospice please find the address and telephone number below. Phone calls can be made to patients at any time of the day or week. You can contact Inpatient Services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The Hospice, Myland Hall, Barncroft Close, Highwoods, Colchester, C04 9JU

Telephone: 01206 845 566

Hospice in the Home

You can contact The Hospice in the Home Team Monday to Friday, between 9.00am and 5.00pm on:

Colchester/Halstead team
Telephone: 01206 845 566

Tendring community team
Telephone: 01255 221 222

Day Therapies

You can contact the Joan Tomkins Centre (Colchester) Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 5.00pm on:

Telephone: 01206 848 163

Fax: 01206 752 245

You can contact the St Helena Tendring Centre (Clacton) Monday to Friday, between 9.00am and 5.00pm on 01255 221 222

Tendring Centre Postcode for Sat Navs: CO15 1EU

Human Resources

The HR Team can be contacted Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 5.00pm on 01206 931 466

Finance Team

To contact the St Helena Finance Team please telephone 01206 931 450 Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm

Volunteer Services Team

The Volunteer Services team can be contacted Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 5.00pm on 01206 931 466

Media Enquiries

For all media enquiries between 9.00am and 5.00pm, Monday to Friday, please phone the Marketing and Communications team directly on 01206 931 464

Patient Referrals

If you, or a member of your family has a life-limiting illness and would like to discuss whether St Helena care services can help, you can contact the SinglePoint telephone service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 01206 890 360

Bereavement Support

To contact the St Helena Bereavement Support team please telephone the bereavement helpline: 01206 984 274, Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm

Learning and Development Centre

The Learning and Development Centre is open Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 5.00pm and can be contacted on 01206 851 560

Service User Group

For more information on the St Helena Service User Group please contact Chair, Ken Aldred on 01206 751 397

Facilities Hire Enquiries

01206 851560

Lottery

To contact the Lottery team please call 0800 285 1390 or visit the website here, Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm.

If you would like to write to or visit the Lottery team, the address is: Your Hospice Lottery Office Unit 6 The Atrium, Phoenix Square, Wyncolls Road, Colchester CO4 9AS.

Comment, compliment or complaint

Feedback, comments and complaints about St Helena care and support services may be made verbally or in writing to: Director of Care, St Helena, Myland Hall, Barncroft Close, Highwoods, Colchester, CO4 9JU. To speak to a member of our team, call 01206 845 566