St. Margaret’s Hospice has extended its bereavement counselling services, more than doubling the number of individuals being supported following the death of a close family member.

Over the last three years the Hospice has grown its team from a single practitioner to three dedicated roles to be able to deliver this critical service.

St. Margaret’s Clinical Director, Joy Milliken said: “Care of a family doesn’t stop when a loved one dies. We can offer ongoing professional support and counselling which can play a vital part in the bereavement process, helping someone come to terms with such a life changing event.”

One of the new services focuses on patients with young families and has already supported more than 125 people and delivered 250 face to face therapeutic sessions.  These have included refugee and traveller families.

Feedback has shown that the support has resulted in children who have lost a parent seen to be more settled, more able to talk about how they are feeling and about the person they have lost.  Families of children seen for individual therapy have reported that they are less angry, more open at home and more settled at school.

While St. Margaret’s Hospice is hoping to extend the service further, they are reliant on the kind donations and gifts they receive to make this possible. Just £40 could pay for a counselling session for a child or young person who has lost their parent.