The Family Support Team have specialist practitioners who are experienced in bereavement support.
We realise that the weeks and months after the loss of someone close can be very sad, confusing and difficult. You may feel overwhelmed by your thoughts and feelings, as well as
the practical day to day demands. If you are trying to retain some control in a stressful situation you can feel very vulnerable.
Our team aim to support you in managing these competing pressures.
The Family Support Team can offer:
- Support for adults and for children and young people within the family
- Small groups, providing the opportunity for you to share feelings and experiences with others who are bereaved
- Telephone support
- Written information about the experience of bereavement
- Advice and guidance about sources of help for support with financial worries and paperwork that can follow bereavement
Bereavement support during the Covid_19 pandemic has changed the way that we have been able to provide our usual model and range of services. It has been largely confined to telephone and virtual support. Meeting in groups may remain problematic, which has played a large part in the support that we have provided. Peer support when managing your grief, for many, is vital. We will continue to respond to need and develop innovative ways to meet people’s bereavement support needs.
Update to our Bereavement Services
New bereavement support offered within Merthyr Tydfil
As a result of successfully gaining some new funding, we are now able to provide bereavement support to people living in Merthyr, a new area for us to provide a service.
For further details, please speak to your G.P so that they can make a referral.
Bereavement support within Blaenau Gwent
We already provide bereavement support within the local community of Blaenau Gwent. This support can be for anyone who is dealing with bereavement, you do not have to be part of a family that the Hospice is already supporting.
For further information please contact our Family Support Team on 01495 717277
What about Children?
No child is too young to notice when an important person in their life is no longer there. Young children can be profoundly affected and not know how to express their feelings. Frequently, adults, knowing how painful bereavement can be, attempt to protect children by telling them little or nothing about what has happened. Children will sense something is wrong from the behavior of those around them.
Children need clear, simple explanations and the reassurance that the death of one person does not mean that others will die. they need to know that they are still loved and will be taken care of, and they require as much security and routine in their lives as possible.
They need to know that crying is OK for adults and children but sadness does not last forever and it is OK to have fun too.
Our Family Support Team can provide support in this area. Please call 01495 717277 for further information.
We also provide a bereavement awareness programme to schools, businesses and organisations within Blaenau Gwent to educate and train staff.
The following services are currently suspended due to Covid_19. For enquiries please call 01495 717277
Good Grief Group
We also have a Good Grief Group, which offers a supportive environment that provides you with a listening ear and opportunity for you to listen to others and share your experiences if you would like to. It helps us to work out what type of support you may need.
The Good Grief Group is open to anyone in our community who would like to attend.
For further details, please contact the Family Support Team on 01495 717277
Bereavement Information Sessions
Our Bereavement Information Sessions are an opportunity for anyone who has been bereaved in our community to meet us and may be find answers to some of your questions. We can also discuss any future bereavement support needs you may require.
Times: 11am – 1pm
If you want information about future sessions or to reserve a place please contact us on 01495 717277.