We are committed to supporting family and friends throughout their contact with the hospice, and this includes support after a patient has died.
We allow the bereaved the space, time and opportunity to tell their story as many times as they need to without judgement, without advice and without preconceptions. We give the bereaved the opportunity to be heard.
How can the Bereavement Support team help?
Our Bereavement Support Co-ordinator and volunteers offer support to suit each individual. This might be spending some time together with a member of staff or a trained volunteer, on the telephone or at the hospice. We also offer informal support sessions at the hospice, where small groups meet to share their experiences and support one another. These sessions can involve taking part in discussions, memory work, art work and other activities group members may wish to be involved with.
We can help patients, families and friends talk about issues raised by death and dying and we may also help in planning a funeral.
We also hold remembrance services for family members to attend if they wish.
Bereavement Group Schedule
The hospice based bereavement groups are usually on the second Monday of every month. These cater for family and/or friends experiencing difficulties, or needing support, after the death of a loved one.
The groups run on each of the following dates, one during the afternoon from 1.30pm - 3.00pm and the other from 6.00pm - 7.00pm both at Bolton Hospice.
Monday May 14th Monday June 11th
Monday July 9th Monday August 13th
Monday September 10th Monday October 8th
Monday November 12th Monday December 10th
Monday January 14th 2019
Bereavement Walking / Social Group upcoming events
We also run a walking/social group that normally meets on the last Monday of the month (apart from December). We listen to suggestions from the group as to where we walk. It is always a non-demanding walk that ends in a café for much needed refreshments.
Monday October 22nd Curleys Fish and Chips Lunch
Monday November 26th – Making Christmas Decorations
December – no meeting for social group
Thursday January 31st – Trip to local theatre, Little Voice
Monday February 25th – Meal out
Monday March 25th – Rivington walk (weather permitting)