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Bereavement Services

Bereavement services

When a significant person in our life dies, whether a relative or friend, it can be one of the most challenging experiences we face. Our bereavement services offer supportive and emotional care to those who are coping with such losses.

A booklet Information to help you when someone dies can be downloaded here. There is also a useful App developed by 'Which?' called 'What to do when someone dies'. This can be downloaded from your App store. 


"Thank you so much for your continued support. It really is appreciated. I can (now) smile and laugh remembering the things we did. Yet shed a few tears at the things we can’t do. I’m learning to find the balance."

The bereavement service, helped by the Social Work Team and Psychology, is available to all relatives and friends of any patient who has been supported as an in-patient in the hospice, or by a Macmillan Nurse either in hospital or in the community.

We offer a range of services because loss is a personal experience and we all express it in our own way. Many people cope with the support of family and friends, others may want to access some of our support groups, and for some people, having the opportunity to talk to someone who is not connected to their family or friends can be helpful. This is offered by individuals who have the capacity to listen in a sensitive, open and unbiased way.

Our services include:

  • Stepping Stones Support & Friendship Group 
  • Support for children through Rowan's Meerkat Service
  • Monthly evening 'Stepping Out' coffee group. A social get together especially for those who can't attend our afternoon groups..
  • Monthly 'Steps' walking group. New for 2016 Information leaflet.
  • Individual one to one support is provided by our trained therapists and Family Service Volunteers (FSV's). All our FSV's undergo extensive training, have regular supervision and have enhanced DBS checks.

Some other resources you might find helpful include:

 We also hold memorial events to provide meaningful occasions for remembering someone

"My grief still stays with me but I am now able to smile, laugh, and look forward to life not back."


If you have any questions or want further advice, please contact Cathy Pittick Bereavement Service Administrator on 023 9223 8537 or email: bereavement.support@rowanshospice.co.uk

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