The North East Lincolnshire Bereavement Support Service is delivered by St Andrew’s Hospice in partnership with CRUSE and the Care Plus Group, offering specialist care to anyone who has suffered a bereavement.
The death of someone we care for affects everyone in different ways; we all experience grief differently and there is no normal or right way to grieve. Grief is a natural process that although is always difficult, can often be navigated using our own coping mechanisms and the support of friends and family. For some people, additional specialist bereavement support is needed.
Our bereavement services
Our Bereavement Support Service offers free, confidential support for adults and children. The referral and assessment process has been designed to make sure that everyone, whether accessing the service as an individual or as a family, is offered the right support in the right environment, whether that be within the hospice, their home, school or through another organisation that may be better placed to provide the support required.
The range of services we offer aims at providing the most appropriate support for everyone:
One-to-one: Individual bereavement support may be useful to help you learn to live with grief and adapt to life after loss. Some of the areas you can work on with a bereavement support worker include managing strong emotions or memories, recognising the shock or helplessness you may feel and helping you to deal with these in a positive way. You can also learn new skills and roles to enable your coping mechanisms.
Group work: You may want to share your experience with others in a group setting. Many find reassurance and comfort when their grief is shared with others that may be able to empathise with their loss. There are a number of groups to suit people’s different needs:
- A closed group – this is a facilitated, structured group, allowing adults to share their feelings and experiences.
- Friends Together – this is a less formal adult group for those whose grief is perhaps not quite so overwhelming but nevertheless are seeking support and companionship.
- Children and Young People’s groups – these are age-appropriate groups where children can safely explore their feelings in a creative, sometimes playful, and sensitive way.