Bereavement Support during the Coronavirus pandemic
At Isabel we understand that there may be a higher than usual need for bereavement support due to the Coronavirus pandemic. If you need some support please call 01707382500 and follow the directions to contact the Family Support Team. Someone will call you back as quickly as possible.
This is for you even if your loved one was not a patient of Isabel Hospice. We are here to help.
Our Family Support Service
Our family support team offer a range of services which include arts therapies, children's services and bereavement support. Please talk to your Clinical Nurse Specialist for further information.
Our Family Support team of trained volunteers and counsellors led by our Bereavement Services Manager and Family support Team Lead, offers 1-1 support for anyone whose relative or friend was cared for by Isabel Hospice.
In the first month after the loss family members are sent a card explaining our services. A month later they are sent a further letter inviting them to contact us if they wish for some support, and advising them we will be ringing them the following month to see how they are.
The Service is available for contact and reassurance. We also offer a reciprocal service for those whose relatives have died in other hospice’s, but who live in our area. We can offer this at our In-Patient Unit or visit at home if necessary.
We also offer a weekly coffee morning for older bereaved relatives, a group for younger ones and a walking group which is held on the second Thursday of every month.
We hold an Annual Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving in the Autumn (after 2019's service this will take place in Spring) for those who are bereaved, this takes place in a different part of our catchment area each year.
This Service gives an opportunity to remember the life of your family member or friend who has died and honour their memory. Everyone is welcome including children and young people who may also like to take part in the separate remembrance activity which runs during the service and is geared towards them.
We believe that it is important that children feel included in this special time of remembrance and can find the service helpful
Art Therapy has been provided at Isabel Hospice for over twenty years to patients and latterly to family members, pre-bereaved and bereaved. Currently one Art Therapist runs the service across the Hospice different services.