Our team will usually have got to know the people close to our patients in the weeks or months before their death. One of the team will be in contact with you and will offer to visit in the days after the death, when you may need support and information quickly.
We realise that the weeks and months after the loss of someone close can be very sad, confusing and difficult. Many people tell us that they just don’t know what to do or where to start. You may feel overwhelmed by your thoughts and feelings, as well as the practical and financial implications of your loss. The bereavement support team can support you during this time, if you would like.
If you are bereaved and living with loss and think you might benefit from spending time with others who are learning to live with the emotional, social and practical consequences of loss, we can support you to achieve good grief, whatever that will mean for you.
We offer a supportive environment that provides you with a listening ear and the opportunity for you to listen to others and share your experiences if you’d like. The meetings also give us the opportunity to help you find the type of support that you need.
The Good Grief Group is run by the Family Support Team at Hospice of the Valleys, but no previous association with the Hospice is necessary; the group is open to anyone in Blaenau Gwent who would like to attend.
The group is aimed at those over the age of 18, but if you are under 18 and think you might like some support, please get in touch as we have separate groups for younger people.
www.crusebereavementcare.org.uk is a National charity offering free, confidential help to bereaved people.
www.winstonswish.org.uk is a childhood bereavement charity with a host of resources