He enjoyed his time with you and for this I thank you all.
- Family member of a hospice patient
Bereavement Support Group
This is an informal group that meets once a month. It is intended to provide support and the opportunity to meet and chat with others with similar experiences.
Why have a bereavement support group?
When someone you love dies it can be one of the most painful things you ever have to endure, and allowing yourself time to grieve and mourn your loss is normal, healthy and essential.
For most people, grief is a normal, if painful, process and the majority of people find their way through with the support of family and friends. However, bereavement brings many challenges and can often lead to a sense of loneliness and isolation when important relationships are changed or lost.
The aim of our group is 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 therapies team. Meetings are very informal and you are invited to ‘drop in’ whenever you wish between 1pm and 3pm. The sessions are facilitated by members of staff from the Vitality Centre, the Family Support Team and trained volunteers.
Who is it for?
The group is open to relatives, carers and friends who have been bereaved and who are known to St Rocco’s.
When and where?
The group meets on the last Friday in each month from 1pm to 3pm in our Vitality Centre here at St. Rocco's. It is a drop in style session and you are welcome to join us at any point between 1pm and 3pm.
How long can I attend the group?
Everyone’s response to grief is different and the length of time that people need support can vary a lot. In order to maintain the availability of the group for as many people as possible, group members would normally attend for approximately one year. It is hoped that after this time, you will have gained the resilience and confidence to allow you to move forward.
How do I get referred?
The Bereavement Café is open to relatives, carers and friends who have been bereaved and who are known to St Rocco’s.
Where is the Vitality Centre?
We are located in a purpose-built facility not far from Warrington Hospital. There is a café/dining room, a lounge, craft/therapeutic room, relaxation area, consulting rooms for physiotherapy and complementary therapies and counselling rooms.
If you would like to take a look around and find out more about how we can help, then just come along to our Friday morning Coffee and Chat at the Castle drop-in session where there is always someone on hand to show you round and tell you more. Alternatively you can give us a ring on 01925 579212.