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.
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 July 22nd – Seven Acres Country Park, BL2 2LN then onto the Bolton Hospice cafe on Hillview Road, Astley Bridge, BL1 8QQ - PARK BY CAFE
Wednesday August 28th – Turton Tower, Chapeltown Road, BL7 0HG
Monday September 23rd – Smithills Country Park, Smithills Road, BL1 7NP