Bereavement Support

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 Group Schedule

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.

All walks begin at 1.30pm or meet at 1.00pm at Bolton Hospice if you need a lift:

Tuesday May 29th 
Doff Cocker Lodge, 248 Markland Hill Lane, BL2 6DH, refreshments at Triangle Methodist Church.

Monday June 25th
Queens Park (next to the hospice) meet in the car park, finish in tea rooms.

Monday July 23rd
Astley Park going to the new Bolton Hospice Old Bank Café on Hillview Road, Astley Bridge, BL1 8QQ, park by café.

Wednesday August 29th 
(because of Bank Holiday and opening days of tea room!) Turton Tower, Chapletown Road, BL7 OHG.

Monday September 24th
Smithills Country Park, Smithills Road, BL1 7NP ending in afternoon tea.

Monday October 22nd

Monday November 26th

Please phone our chaplain, John Hall, if you would like to attend on 01204 663066 or email on 

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