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Bereavement support

We know that coping with the loss of someone you care about can be really painful. We’ve put together some information about bereavement support and services available to help you which you may find helpful.

Your emotions

Everyone grieves in a way that is unique to them and their relationship with the person who has died.

Most people expect to be very upset or distressed but what takes many people by surprise is how strong the emotions can be, how they can change very quickly, and how long they last.


Online support

We know that no-one can understand exactly what your loss feels like to you.

But we do understand that it’s sometimes easier to talk to someone outside of your friends and family about grief and the impact of bereavement of your life, and this is why we offer the online GriefChat service which is a completely free service and is available Monday-Friday, 9am-9pm or by email out of these hours.

GriefChat provides emotional support for bereaved people, access to trained bereavement counsellors and referral into other specialist bereavement services.

Please be aware that this is a 3rd party service and you will not be speaking to a Cransley Hospice counsellor, staff member or volunteer and it is an online support service only.

Support for children and young adults

A memory box can offer support for families, children and young people facing the most difficult of journeys.

Our specialist palliative care team have carefully developed a selection of resources and materials that can offer some support to families, children, and young people as they learn to navigate a very difficult time.

The memory boxes are filled with activities and resources which can include books, teddies and cuddle blankets and they can use them together with their families to create lasting memories.  They give children and young people the opportunity and space to talk about their feelings and the family, and help children prepare for a death of a loved one.

Information about bereavement and grief

If you are bereaved, it means that someone close to you has died and the term “bereavement“ is used to describe the period of mourning following a death.


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