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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

An open bereavement group for those bereaved for two years or less, offering a safe space to share and reflect on the death of a loved one.  Membership at this group is for 18 months from the date of joining.

Dates: First and third Thursday of each month*
Time: Starts at 1pm until 3pm
Address: Crawley United Reformed Church, Worth Park Avenue, Pound Hill,
Crawley, RH10 3DF
Contact: 01293 447343

Crawley Social and Wellbeing Group

An open group for bereaved and isolated people to meet others in a similar situation. Focus of the group is for members to socialise with and support each other.

Dates: Second and fourth Thursday of each month*
Time: Drop in from 1pm, ends at 3pm
Address: Crawley United Reformed Church Worth Park Avenue, Pound Hill,
Crawley, RH10 3DF
Contact: 01293 447343

Oxted Bereavement Support Group

An open group, with trained volunteers on hand for emotional and bereavement support. An opportunity to chat, share experiences and discuss ways of coping.

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

*Groups may not run on dates over the Christmas period. Please check back here for dates in December, or call our office on 01293 447343.

The following groups are for those who have lost a loved one under the care of St Catherine’s Hospice:-


A walking and talking group where people bereaved of a loved one can walk in nature and be with other people who are going through their own grieving process. Please contact us for the start date of the next group. Pre-booking is required for this group.

Dates: Wednesdays for 8 weeks
Time: 1.45pm until 3pm
Address: Tilgate Park, Crawley
Contact: 01293 447343


A breathing and relaxation group which gives an opportunity to learn skills to aid you in relaxation and meditation whilst also providing our expert listening support for after the meditation time. Breathe runs for 6 sessions; please contact us for the start date of the next group. Pre-booking is required for this group.

Dates: Second and fourth Friday of the month
Time: 10.30am until 12pm
Address: Day Services, St Catherine’s Hospice, Malthouse Road, Crawley
Contact: 01293 447343

Remembrance Ceremonies

Many people find comfort in coming together to remember a loved one at one of our regular events. We 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. Our Memory Meadow is also a lovely way to remember loved ones. Find out more here.

Spiritual Care

When you are seriously ill, you, and those close to you, may have questions or concerns that can be just as distressing as the physical symptoms of your illness. These may be about how your illness is affecting you; what feels important to you at this time; your hopes and fears; or your family.

If you think it might be helpful to talk to someone, members of the Spiritual Care Team are available to listen and explore your questions, feelings or concerns. This support is available to you and your family and friends on our Inpatient Unit, in Day Hospice or in your own home. 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. 
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