Support for family and friends

Support for family and friends

As well as the patient, illness affects everyone close to that person. Through our hospice Wellbeing services, we're there for family and friends too.

Counselling

Coming to terms with an unexpected life-limiting diagnosis, caring for someone who is ill, or grieving the loss of someone close to you can be very upsetting and challenging. You may feel angry or sad, disorientated, lost or unable to cope with daily life. Our counselling service provides a safe, confidential space that may be able to help you make sense of and adjust to life at this difficult time. Counselling can help you to improve your quality of life, feel more in control, understand your choices and improve your relationships. Our counselling service is available to all patients, their families and friends and can be accessed individually or as a couple/family, in your own home or at the hospice. Bereavement counselling is also available after someone has died or any time in the future.

Bereavement support

Meeting and talking to others in a similar situation to you can be comforting when dealing with loss and grief. Our hospice bereavement support group, Seasons, provides a safe and confidential space to share and discuss feelings and practical issues, or to simply enjoy a cuppa and a chat to take your mind off things. Many of the people who have attended our support group have found it very beneficial and developed new friendships. For those who prefer to get out and about, we offer a bi-monthly ‘walk and talk’ bereavement support group, Footsteps, in Sheffield Park Gardens.

Complementary therapy for carers

We run a complementary therapy clinic for carers one morning a week. When you are looking after someone who is ill, complementary therapy can be invaluable in reducing stress, anxiety, sleeplessness and in creating time just for you.

Befriending

We hold a monthly drop-in session, Oasis, at the hospice where people can have a cup of tea, share experiences and offer each other informal support. This group is run by experienced hospice befrienders, who can also talk to you about other services that may benefit you. If you’d prefer to get out and about with others in a similar position, we hold a carers’ walk and talk support group in Sheffield Park Gardens. Through our befriending service, you can also arrange to receive regular supportive telephone calls to see how you are and give you the chance to talk. Our visiting Befrienders are able to come to your home too, perhaps to spend time with you, take you out for a coffee or stay with the person you are caring for while you go out or have some time to yourself.

Remembrance services at St Peter & St James Hospice

Our Spiritual Care team can offer support to those who have been bereaved. We hold a monthly remembrance service where you can join others who have also lost someone to reflect and remember. You will receive an invitation to a service six months after your loss, a time that can be as, or even more, difficult than the earlier stages. After, you’ll be invited to enjoy tea and cake with staff and volunteers.