Bereavement Support Group

Our care doesn't stop after your loved one passes away.

Bereavement can be the most traumatic and significant life event that a person has to face and is often a life-altering experience. Grief is a natural part of life but sometimes people may benefit from support to understand and cope with what can be a devastating time.

Bereavement Café 

This support group is open to anyone. We aim to provide a welcoming and safe space where you can come and chat to others sharing similar experiences, enjoy refreshments and benefit from the input from our complementary therapy team.

The café takes place on the between 9.30am and 11am on the second Tuesday of every month, commencing on 14th September 2021 at the Alexandra Park Pavillion at Stockton Heath. It is a drop in style session and you are welcome to join us at any point for a drink.

Counselling for Bereavement

Many people come through the experience of a major loss without the need for help from outside their circle of family or friends, but for others their feelings of loss are so overwhelming that it can be helpful to seek the support of a trained professional.

Counselling provides private, confidential space to gain emotional support and practical guidance at a challenging time. A counsellor is an impartial professional who will listen non-judgementally and help you adjust to life without your loved one.

We offer counselling support to family members, carers and close friends who are affected by the loss of their loved one if they were supported or cared for by St. Rocco’s.

Initially we offer six sessions lasting about fifty minutes each. Appointment times and goals for therapy will be discussed and greed t the first session. Along with the rest of the care that we provide, we don’t charge for this service.

Spiritual Care

Illness and a change in health can raise many of issues for you and those close to you. Spiritual care is about having someone to listen and help you to cope with whatever you may be going through. More

Other Activities

There are different ways of getting involved that carers have told us have been helpful to be involved in. These include:

  • RocON!
    • This is our innovative project working with school children. We have a volunteer team including patients, their carers and bereaved people. See here for more details.
  • Gardening Club
    • The gardening club meets once a week, come rain or shine, to work in the hospice gardens. It is for anyone who thinks they might benefit from being in the fresh air and the camaraderie of gardening in a group. Please email for more information.
  • St. Rocco's Community Choir
    • This is for patients, carers, volunteers, staff or anyone who loves singing. The choir is led by former secondary school head of music and meets once a week. They also perform at hospice events. There is a real sense of community about the choir and new members are always welcome. Please email for more information.

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