Our Bereavement Services

Our Bereavement Service supports family, friends and important others of patients who have died and who were known to us at Wakefield Hospice. The support is free and confidential and individuals can self-refer using the contact form.

Contact form

Bereavement Services

Our team is well established, experienced and diverse and made up of a counsellor, nurses, health care assistant, complementary therapist, and volunteers including student counsellors.

We aim to contact families four to six weeks after their bereavement by telephone, to ask if any support and advice might be helpful at this time.

Once contact has been made with the team, you will have an opportunity to discuss your circumstances and explore your current needs with the bereavement support worker and in turn will be advised of the therapies and support available which might feel most appropriate to meet your needs at this time.
Some of this support may be by specified appointment and time limited, in addition they may take place remotely e.g. listening support via telephone, online Teams support, accessing regular topics and wellbeing advice and sessions on our website until our face to face services resume more fully. 

We recognise that grief is a unique experience, it is not the same for everyone and we support an individual in a way that is timely and meaningful to them.

We do not have a limit on the amount of time our service can be accessed, but we do review our support regularly and as a guide if support is required beyond 2 years we might feel your needs might be best supported elsewhere and we can discuss this with you.

Children’s Bereavement Support

We also offer support for children. For more information please visit our 'support for children' page or click on the link below.

Supporting children


Bereavement Drop-in


Our current weekly Drop In service is suspended, however will introduce face to face and group support in person when we feel it is safe to do so. These will be held at the hospice in the day therapy suite.

The Drop In service includes…

  • Emotional and wellbeing support from experienced staff

  • The opportunity to talk with other people who have also been bereaved

  • Information and advice

  • Art and craft therapies

  • Complementary therapy and relaxation

  • Spiritual and chaplaincy support by arrangement

  • Access to social worker by arrangement

  • Bereavement projects – Photography, using photography to capture thoughts, feelings and emotions

 If you would like to discuss this further, please call on 01924 331400 and ask to speak to the bereavement team.

Bereavement service FAQ

How will I know when I don't need to come anymore?

We cannot be a 'forever service' - everyone's experience of bereavement is different and so their needs are different. We aim to help you to develop coping strategies, through emotional support and counselling, through creative activities and spiritual support, relaxation and complementary therapies. Some people find it is helpful to meet and talk with others who are going through something similar. Whatever your situation, we will discuss your needs with you and together develop a plan support that is suitable.

If you are someone who comes regularly we will periodically catch up with you to see how our support is helping you and how you are coping and we may suggest changes if appropriate.

Some people find it helpful to come every week for a while and then later, just now and again, perhaps on a bad day or during a difficult time, eg. around an anniversary or other significant date. Others come specifically for counselling, spiritual support or complementary therapy treatments. Some people come early on in their bereavement and others after some time. Everyone is different and we try to be as flexible as we can to support you as you progress through your bereavement and are more ready to move on.

Think of us as a 'stepping stone' or a means to an end, where you begin to adjust to living with your loss and finding new meanings in your life.
Wakefield Hospice supports the West Yorkshire & Harrogate Partnership Helpline

You may find their website useful. It can be accessed via the link below.

Dr Susie Willis from the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children has given permission to share the 'Saying Goodbye' booklet and film to help children coping with bereavement.