St David’s Hospice can offer bereavement support in a variety of ways, it is important that people are able to get the support they need at a time and in a way that feels right for them.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT

Bereavement can be a difficult and lonely journey. Sometimes it can be hard to talk to family or friends as often people grieve in different ways.
There can also be a fear of upsetting other members of the family. Talking and sharing feelings with someone who is experienced in listening, or with other bereaved people who have similar experiences can be helpful. St David’s Hospice can offer bereavement support in a variety of ways, it is important that people are able to get the support they need at a time and in a way that feels right for them.

COPING WITH GRIEF

Grief is a normal reaction to any major loss in our lives. When someone dies there will be many practical things that need to be attended to. This can mean that you start to grieve once these things are completed and the people around you begin to return to their everyday lives.

It can be hard for us to accept the death of a loved one, and we may feel overwhelmed and confused by our emotions. Part of the grieving process is trying to make sense of something that seems senseless.

We all grieve in our own way, and it may take many forms. For instance, grief may catch us by surprise and we might suddenly be overwhelmed by emotion. We may also feel anger or regret for things that we could have done differently. There may be feelings of depression, a decreased appetite, tiredness without being able to sleep, and an inability to concentrate. Small tasks or problems may seem insurmountable and cause us to feel panicky. We may also think that we hear or see a loved one,  even though we know that they have died. We may feel numb and unable to cry, or experience a sense of relief. These are all normal reactions to the loss of a loved one.

If you have been caring for the person who has died, you may also feel the loss of your caring role. You may feel bereft and alone because the relationships that you have built up with different health care professionals have ended. You may have lost contact with friends while caring for your loved one, and meeting new people or re-establishing old friendships can seem daunting and tiring.

13 Things that may help

  • Remember that there is no right or wrong way to grieve. Everyone is different.
  • Try not to feel pressurised by the expectations of others.
  • Do what feels right and comfortable for you.
  • Allow yourself to laugh, cry, or feel angry – someone you love has died and that is painful.
  • You may also feel numb and unable to cry.
  • Take care of yourself and pay attention to your health.
  • Try to accept help from others. This can be comforting for you and for them.
  • Talking about the person who has died, and about your experiences, can help you to begin to make sense of what is happening to you.
  • You may find that people are awkward around you. They may want to give support but are afraid of saying the wrong thing. If you feel able, let them know how best they can help you.
  • Do not be afraid to seek help either from our bereavement service, or from your GP, or other health care professionals.

With time you will find that memories become less painful, and that you will be able to remember without feeling distressed. People who are closest to you may be able to help the most – friends and relatives can share memories with you, which can be comforting. Sometimes, too, it can be difficult to share with family or friends.

St David’s Hospice has a bereavement service for next of kin. You will be contacted at about six weeks after the event to offer our services.

USEFUL CONTACTS

If you would like to know more about any of our bereavement services at St David’s Hospice  please call 01492 879058.

Local Organisations;

Citizens Advice Bureau

(for practical and financial advice etc.)

Conwy District,The Basement, 7 South Parade, Llandudno LL30 2LN

Telephone: 0844 477 2020

Gwynedd and Anglesey District,The Old Smithy, Sackville Road, Bangor LL57 1LE

Telephone: 0844 477 2020

www.cabgwynedd.org

CRUSE Bereavement

Telephone: 0844 561 7856

www.crusenorthwalesarea.btck.co.uk

Email: northwales@cruse.org.uk

Facing Bereavement

Gives advice and guidance to families on arranging the final affairs, the funeral and honouring the memories of loved ones. Includes Jewish, Muslim and Buddhist funerals.

www.facingbereavement.co.uk

Samaritans North West Wales

5A Llys Onnen, Parc Menai, Bangor LL57 4DF

Telephone: 01248 674985 National number: 08457 909090

www.samaritans.org

SSAFA (The Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association)

19 Queen Elizabeth Street London SE1 2LP

Local contact: Telephone: 01480 399 339 / 01223 313 757

http://www.ssafa.org.uk or info@ssafa.org.uk

National Organisations;

British Humanist Association

1 Gower Street, London, WC1E 6HD

Telephone: 020 7324 3060

www.humanism.org.uk

National Association of Funeral Directors (NAFD)

618 Warwick Road, Solihull, West Midlands, B91 1AA

Telephone: 0121 711 1343

www.nafd.org.uk

Email: info@nafd.org.uk

Natural Death Centre

In The Hill House, Watley Lane, Twyford,

Winchester, SO21 1QX

Telephone: 01962 712 690

www.naturaldeath.org.uk

Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors (SAIF)

3 Bullfields, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, CM21 9DB

Telephone: 0845 230 6777

www.saif.org.uk

WAY (Widowed And Young) Foundation

Offers support to widows and widowers up to the age of 50. They provide social and support networks to help rebuild lives.

Suite 35, St Loyes House, 20 St Loyes Street, Bedford,

MK40 1ZL Telephone: 0300 012 4929

www.wayfoundation.org.uk

SUPPORT FOR CHILDREN;

Child Bereavement UK

For children and young people’s bereavement support services in your area.

Telephone: 01494 568900

www.childbereavement.org.uk

Childhood Bereavement Network

For children and young people’s bereavement support services in your area. Telephone: 020 7843 6309

www.childhoodbereavementnetwork.org.uk

The Child Death Helpline

For anyone affected by the death of a child

Telephone: 0800 282986

www.childdeathhelpline.org.uk

Compassionate Friends

Bereaved parents offering friendship and understanding to other bereaved parents.

Telephone: 0845 123 2304

www.tcf.org.uk

Grief Encounter Project

For bereaved children and their families

Telephone: 020 8371 8455

www.griefencounter.org.uk

Partnership for Children

Good mental health for children, helping your child to cope with bereavement.

Telephone: 0208 974 6004

www.partnershipforchildren.org.uk

SIBS

For brothers and sisters of disabled children and adults, with any disability, long term illness, or life limiting condition.

Telephone: 01535 645453

www.sibs.org.uk

Winston’s Wish

Winston’s Wish helps bereaved children and young people rebuild their lives after a family death. They also offer support and guidance to families, professionals and to anyone concerned about a grieving child.

General Enquiries:

Telephone: 01242 515157 Help Line: 08452 03 04 05

www.winstonswish.org.uk

WHAT DO I DO NOW?

Please click on the image opposite to download our (bilingual) guide that can help you in the early days of bereavement.