Bereavement Service

An important service to help families of people treated at East Cheshire Hospice is to be expanded.

The Bereavement Service, manned by eight volunteer counsellors, is to be extended to help families who have used the new Hospice @Home service and for people treated in the popular Sunflower Wellbeing Centre as well as families of those who receive in-patient care.

Each week the service helps between 10-16 people in one-hour sessions and with the service currently operating at full capacity, the Hospice wants to expand its reach even further.

New, trained volunteer counsellors are now being sought to support the service and Co-Ordinator, Julia Wild, says hours can be suited to individual’s availability.

“Our counsellors mostly all have full-time jobs and just give us whatever time they can spare,” she says.

Julia, 47, who also co-ordinates all the ward activity, says families told about the service approximately six weeks after their loss.

“We know the service is very much appreciated with one lady recently writing to me to tell me how much her counsellor had helped her to move on with her life”.

Another popular after-care service offered is complementary therapy which includes Reiki, massage, reflexology and relaxation techniques.

Even with two teenagers at home,Julia has considered training to become a counsellor herself.

“It’s clearly a really beneficial service and, when I find the time, its something I might take up”, she adds.

Any trained counsellors who would like to volunteer their time can contact Julia on 01625 610364.