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St Cuthbert’s Hospice

St Cuthbert’s Hospice received £18,000 to expand bereavement support in Count Durham

The Family Support Team at St Cuthbert’s Hospice provides emotional, psychological, spiritual and practical support to individuals, children and families who are affected by life limiting illness, bereavement and grief.

Pathways through bereavement

In October 2019, St Cuthbert’s began working with a wide range of people from the local community to find out what kind of support was needed and how exactly it could expand and tailor the services that it offers. Participants in their focus group meetings included a charity working with older people, a high school, a museum, and a bereavement support charity.

These meetings have helped the hospice to identify different pathways through bereavement, and plan how it will use this £18,000 grant offer to support different members of their community.

Sarah’s story

After her husband Andrew died, Sarah turned to St Cuthbert’s Hospice  to access support for herself and her two children.

“The Hospice provided my children with a life line allowing them a safe place to express themselves. The bereavement team helped to prepare us for our new life without my husband. They had a safe place and someone to trust away from home to help them make sense of what was happening. Harriet and Elliot were able to bring their special memories of their Dad back to life, using various arts, crafts and their memory box.”

Supporting hospices

Our partnership with Hospice UK aims to improve bereavement services and widen access and address barriers to local hospice services for people experiencing homelessness or people with learning disabilities.

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