Counselling Support

LivingGrief Let's talk about grief

LivingGrief counselling support

If you are struggling with bereavement, we recommend accessing our LivingGrief counselling support.

There are various options to suit you.

If you have any queries, do get in touch with our LivingGrief enquiry line. 

Discuss how you're feeling and how you can be supported through our LivingGrief bereavement & emotional wellbeing enquiry line:

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    Enquiry phone line, Monday - Friday, 9am-4pm 0300 303 5196
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    Alternatively, you can email the team here
LivingGrief Sessions - online group support

Talking to others who are going through similar experiences of bereavement can be enormously beneficial.

LivingGrief Sessions provide online group support via Zoom for 1 hour, facilitated by members of St Elizabeth Hospice’s emotional and spiritual wellbeing team.

We are offering these sessions to anyone who is experiencing bereavement over the age of 18 in East Suffolk. You do not need to be a hospice service user to access LivingGrief Sessions.

Unfortunately, our LivingGrief Sessions are unavailable in Great Yarmouth and Waveney. However, we hope to expand this service to the area in the future.

The purpose of the LivingGrief Sessions is to:

  • Give you some information about what you might expect to experience in bereavement
  • Think about how you can best support yourself, especially during the coronavirus pandemic
  • Chat with other bereaved people in small groups
  • Signpost you to bereavement support service information
  • Give you the opportunity to arrange an appointment to talk things through with one of our trained counsellors if needed

By joining the one-off session you may:

  • Better understand what to expect in bereavement
  • Explore what may help you cope with bereavement
  • Connect with others
  • Know here to find bereavement service information

You only need to attend one session, but you can always attend again if you wish.

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GriefChat

By clicking on the GriefChat box below, you can talk directly with a specially trained bereavement counsellor.

GriefChat counsellors are highly experienced in supporting bereaved people. They will listen to your story, explore how grief is affecting you and help you to find additional support.

GriefChat is a free service and is available Monday to Friday, 9am-9pm.

Please be aware, GriefChat is a third party service and not a St Elizabeth Hospice employee.

The service is available to all St Elizabeth Hospice website users over the age of 18. Where it may be identified that a service user is under the age of 18, GriefChat counsellors will outline the terms of service provision and direct the child/young person to other appropriate provision.

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One to one bereavement counselling support

Sometimes people need extra help in bereavement to process their loss. Our bereavement counsellors are trained and accredited professionals who are experienced in helping people who are grieving learn to live with their loss.

After an initial telephone assessment you will be contacted by one of our counsellors. There is not a set number of sessions – you and your counsellor will discuss together how you feel you are coping and decide when is the right time to stop sessions.

Some people just need a few sessions – others need longer. Particularly if you feel stuck in your bereavement, if you have had a lot of losses, if your relationship with the person who has died was difficult or complicated, or if there was trauma around the death or at other times in your life, you may need support to process this most recent loss.

You can also explore your response to bereavement through creative counselling, art or music therapy or by speaking to a member of our spiritual care team.

You can refer yourself or someone else to the LivingGrief team by clicking the referral button. Click on the emotional wellbeing and spiritual care support button to find out other ways we can help.

Bereavement volunteers

Sometimes people do not need in depth counselling but may benefit from regular supportive phone calls from one of our bereavement volunteers.

Our bereavement volunteers are trained in listening and providing general support in bereavement and can call you on the telephone at a time to suit you. Bereavement volunteers can support you through the natural process of bereavement as you adjust to a different life.

To access this support, get in touch with the team via 01473 707999 or email here.

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Discuss how you're feeling and how you can be supported through our LivingGrief bereavement and emotional wellbeing enquiry line:

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    Enquiry phone line, Monday - Friday, 9am-4pm 0300 303 5196
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    Alternatively, you can email the team here
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