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Bereavement Support

We’re here for you from the moment someone close to you is referred to St Catherine’s Hospice until their last days of life and beyond.

Emotional Support

Our expert team of counsellors and support visitors can support you in the days, months or even years after your bereavement. We can support you with individual counselling sessions at the hospice or in the comfort of your own home.

Families and Children

It can be hard to know what to say to children and how to help them cope with the death of someone close to them. Our counselling team are here to help families and children at the hospice, at home or in school. We can also talk through with you how you might talk to your children about terminal illness and death. You might also like to look at our Talking to children leaflet.
We can offer advice and support to schools or other organisations looking after children.

Please contact our Patient and Family Support Team on 01293 447343 to book an appointment or find out more about our adult or children counselling services.

Bereavement Groups

Surrounding yourself with people who understand what it is like when someone close to you dies can help during the various stages of grief in the weeks and years to come. We offer open drop-in groups with trained volunteer counsellors for you to come along to on your own or with a friend or family member.

Crawley Bereavement Support Group

Dates: Every Thursday
Time: Drop in between 1pm and 3pm
Address: Crawley United Reformed Church Worth Park Avenue,  Pound Hill,
Crawley, RH10 3DF
Contact: 01293 447343

Oxted Bereavement Support Group

Dates: Every second, fourth and fifth Thursday of the month
Time: Drop in between 1pm and 3pm
Address: Oxted United Reformed Church, Bluehouse Lane, Oxted, RH8 0AA
Contact: 01293 447343

Dorking Bereavement Support Group

Dates: First, third and fifth Tuesdays of the month
Time: Drop in between 1pm and 3pm
Address: The Living Room at Dorking United Reformed Church, West Street, Dorking, RH4 1BS
Contact:  01293 447343

Remembrance Ceremonies

Many people find comfort in coming together to remember a loved one at one of our regular events. Time to Remember is held every month at our Crawley hospice for relatives and friends who are approaching the six-month anniversary of their bereavement. We also hold an annual Tree of Light remembrance ceremony in early December where friends and families can dedicate a star. Find a full list of our events and details of how to take part here.

Spiritual Care

When people close to you die it can raise questions and fears of a spiritual nature; perhaps challenging your sense of meaning, purpose and value, or your priorities and beliefs. We provide spiritual support, whatever your faith, to help you explore any difficult questions you may have. Please call 01293 447343 and ask to speak to our Spiritual Care Lead.

Support with Finances

Our Welfare Advisor can help you with a range of financial and practical issues, for example helping you manage the huge amount of paperwork required after someone dies, as well as ensuring you get the support and benefits you are entitled to.
A list of other organisations that offer bereavement support is also available here.