It’s only natural after the death of a loved one to feel grief. How we mourn and deal with that loss is entirely personal. The most important thing to realise is that you don’t need to face it alone. Heart of Kent Hospice offers a range of bereavement support for the families, friends and carers of our patients. We are here to support you whether it’s been several months or even up to two years after your loss.
Stepping Stones bereavement group
This fortnightly bereavement group takes place on a Thursday between 10:00am-12:00pm. It is run by our experienced bereavement counsellors, and relatives, friends, loved ones and carers are all welcome. It gives you the opportunity to meet, talk and share common experiences with others. Each meeting focuses on a different topic to help the group make sense of their grief and, in turn, start thinking about and planning for the future.
Some people find comfort in joining with others in a similar position to remember their loved ones. At Heart of Kent Hospice, we run remembrance events twice a year to enable you to come together with other local families to celebrate and remember the life of someone special. Our Sunflower Appeal takes place on the second Saturday in June and our Light up a Life events take place in November and December. More information on both events can be found here.
If you think you may benefit from Bereavement support, please contact our Family Support team on 01622 792200 ext 260.
In it Together project
When someone you love has dementia, it can often feel as if you’re losing them while they’re still with you. This is why we have set up the In It Together project.
The project is a support group for carers of patients with dementia and it is led by our specialist palliative care Social Worker and Counsellor. She will help the group find ways of managing the particular feelings of loss that caring for someone with dementia brings, as well as helping them to cope with the challenges of the disease.
This care and support then continues after bereavement to help the group face their grief with strength and resilience.
To find out more about the support group please call 01622 792200.