Bereavement service

Finding Meaning After Loss

The death of someone can affect people in unexpected ways. Grief is a natural reaction but can affect people emotionally and physically. How you respond to bereavement may vary according to your situation, background, beliefs, or a previous experience of loss. There is no ‘normal’ way to grieve, no expected way to feel, or a set time to start feeling more like yourself again. It is important to allow yourself to grieve in your own way. Adapting and learning to cope when someone has died can be challenging. Relationships with other family members may change. We will support you to find a way forward that includes remembering the person who died in the way that you want.

A member of the Bereavement Support Team will contact you up to eight weeks after your bereavement either by telephone or letter.

At first you may not want support, but then later change your mind.

You can contact us anytime on 0208 343 6819 or nlhbereavement@northlondonhospice.co.uk

What we can offer

We have a variety of options of support available and the free service is currently offered to family and friends of people who were known to the North London Hospice.

Individual support

This is an opportunity to talk with a trained volunteer or staff member. Our bereavement support volunteers bring a variety of experience to the service. They are carefully selected and trained, learning about the impact bereavement can have on our lives.

Please note due to Covid restrictions our individual support is provided via telephone or zoom, but we will start seeing people face to face as soon as it is safe to do so.

Sessions:

  • are usually about an hour long
  • initially up to six sessions are offered, at a frequency to meet your needs
  • on-going support can be provided, if required

You may wish to have a one-off session to talk about what has happened. You might find it helpful to talk with someone who isn’t part of your family or network of friends. One to one bereavement support gives you the opportunity to talk with someone who will be able to listen and help you think things through.

Group Sessions

You may find it helpful to meet with other people who have been bereaved. Due to the Covid pandemic we are not able to run our usual bereavement groups – a group of up to eight people meeting once a week over six weeks. We intend to resume these as soon as it is safe to do so.

During 2021 lockdowns we organised several online bereavement cafes, if you would be interested in attending an online group please let us know.

Walk and Talk Groups

Our groups meet in a local park once a week they are informal, friendly, well attended and welcome new members. Those who attend give excellent feedback. Many of the group members also choose to stay connected outside the walk and talk sessions and have been a great support to each other. The groups are facilitated by experienced volunteers.

Ceremony of Remembrance

During the pandemic we have been unable to hold our regular Ceremony of Remembrance events but hope to arrange them as soon as it is safe to do so.

This candle shines in memory of all those who died or have anniversaries around this time.

Feedback

People we have supported said:

1:1 telephone support

“Protected time to talk, away from busy life. Talked through thoughts and emotions with someone objective and insightful.”

“Wonderful to have a friendly listening ear.”

“The bereavement support I received was a great help, giving me time to talk, cry and express my deep sadness with someone I felt listened to me. I don’t think I would have had anyone else I could have spoken to in that way.”

Walk and Talk group

“I have found the walks very helpful and I’m extremely grateful to you for putting me in touch with the group.”

“I have found and made so many friends through this group it breaks down the isolation often felt when losing a loved one.”

“The volunteers have been terrific, always a calm reassuring presence.”

Feedback from a virtual bereavement café held during 2021 lockdown

“It was such a relief to ‘meet’ with others who have felt the same as I do, to share experiences and realise that I am not alone.”

 

Contact our bereavement service:

Email: nlhbereavement@northlondonhopsice.co.uk

Telephone: 0208 343 6819

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