Bereavement Counselling Service at St Benedict’s Hospice

Coping with the loss of a loved one can feel overwhelming. Often it is difficult to talk to those close to you about your fears and anxieties, concerns about the future and the difficult emotions you are experiencing. Talking to a counsellor offers you a confidential, safe place to be listened to, understood and accepted to help you to make sense of how you feel at this difficult time.

The Bereavement Counselling Service at St Benedict’s Hospice provides one to one counselling to families experiencing bereavement. We are able to offer counselling to carers and family members facing the loss of a loved one and through the bereavement process. We can also offer counselling to patients coming to terms with their diagnosis and with their own feelings of loss.

Our counsellors are fully trained and qualified and receive regular supervision. Sunderland Counselling Service is an organisational member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and our counsellors adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework in their practice.

Make an Appointment

To make an appointment you can either speak to a member of staff at St Benedict’s Hospice or contact the Bereavement Counselling Service on 0191 512 8400 Ext. 33829.

We do not have a formal counselling service for bereaved children and teenagers but we do hold events that are specifically for bereaved children and young people.  If you would like to know more, please contact the bereavement counsellor (or chaplain).

Bereavement Support Group

Bereavement is a unique experience for each individual and those who attend may be at different stages of their grief. It can be helpful to talk to others who may be experiencing similar feelings to yourself and share experiences. The group provides an opportunity for mutual support and understanding and is facilitated by a Bereavement Counsellor.

The group is open to any bereaved friend or relative of a patient who was supported by St Benedict’s Hospice or Specialist Palliative Care Services.

The group is held on the second Wednesday of each month at 10-11.30am.

If you would like to attend the group you can either speak to a member of staff at St Benedict’s Hospice or contact the Bereavement Counselling Service on 0191 512 8400 Ext. 33829.