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Bereavement Support Services

When someone we love dies we grieve and our grief can be overwhelming, our emotions so powerful that we need some help to understand and cope.

Grief can cause a person to feel overwhelmed, confused, empty, helpless, guilty, angry, anxious, depressed, tired or tearful. It can be all-consuming, debilitating and one of the most difficult experiences you will ever go through, but you don’t have to cope alone.

What is important is that you allow yourself time to grieve, be kind to yourself and adapt to your loss in the way that is right for you. As we experience grief we may be affected by our personal experience, culture, age, the relationship we had with the deceased, how death occurred, what else is happening at the time, support or lack of it from others such as family and friends, and so on.

You may or may not experience the following:

possible feelings of grief

  • anger
  • guilt
  • shock
  • yearning
  • disbelief
  • denial
  • sadness

possible physical experiences

  • disturbed sleep
  • lack of appetite
  • apathy
  • anxiety
  • panic
  • lethargy
  • irritability

Grief can appear at different times and can sweep over us unexpectedly. Although these experiences, feelings and emotions can make us so overwhelmed to the extent where we may feel as if 'I'm going mad', please be reassured that these are normal reactions to loss. Actually, sometimes people feel guilty because they don't have some of these feelings at a time of grief and that can be just as confusing, so it is vitally important to keep remembering that we are all different and react differently to situations that occur around us.

Manifestations of Normal Grief (pdf) 

Springhill Hospice’s Bereavement Service is available to any adult over the age of 18 who is grieving, irrespective, cause or relationship, and who is registered with a GP in Heywood, Middleton or Rochdale. There is no requirement to have had previous contact with the Hospice services. The service is available after the initial 12 weeks of mourning.

We offer a range of flexible support to meet your needs and your grief process:

Bereavement counselling takes place at the Hospice in private, designated, comfortable rooms where you can express yourself freely. We also offer counselling in some G.P. surgeries. Home visits are available if appropriate.

  • One to one bereavement counselling with a trained counsellor
  • Monthly support groups with a trained counsellor which focuses on the grief process, learning, sharing and listening
  • Weekly support group with our creative therapist and bereavement volunteer offers a safe place to meet new people for peer support
  • Community groups in Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale where you can make new friends and the opportunity to make a new social life.
  • Well Being Days are held twice a year for our bereaved counselling clients; we offer complementary therapy, relaxation session, creative therapy, local social knowledge and the chance to make new friends
  • Ecotherapy Group
  • Grief Workshop

Confidentiality Overview for Counselling Clients - download here

All our counsellors are registered and/or accredited members of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and work within the The BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions
We are an Accredited Counselling Service with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy