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Bereavement Counselling

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Being strong during difficult times helps us cope but we must always acknowledge when we can be stronger with the help of others.

Bereavement Counselling

The loss of a loved one is an inevitability we are rarely prepared for. Talking with a professional can really help us process that loss in healthy ways that will help us and those around us.

Who can use this service?
We offer counselling support to family members, carers and close friends who are affected by their loved one’s illness; pre and post bereavement counselling for children, young people and adults.
Pre and post bereavement counselling is available at Rossendale Hospice for people of all ages living in the Rossendale valley who are struggling to cope with their emotions leading up to and following the death of a family member or close friend.

Is it right for me?
Many people come through the experience of a major loss without the need for help from outside their circle of family or friends, but for others their feelings of loss are so overwhelming that it can be helpful to seek the support of a trained professional.

Counselling provides private, confidential space to gain emotional support and practical guidance at a challenging time. A counsellor is an impartial professional who will listen non-judgementally and help:
•    clarify and prioritise concerns
•    deal with fears about the future
•    manage anxiety and depression
•    identify short term goals
•    help you adjust to life without your loved one
Is it just for adults?
Not at all. We offer counselling for children and young people who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, grandparent or other loved one. Adults may be so overwhelmed by their own grief that they find it hard to support the children around them.

We have staff trained to deal specifically with the needs of children and young adults dealing with grief who may be less able to understand and express their feelings.

How does the service work?
Sessions are free of charge and last approximately 50 minutes, they are usually held weekly.
Appointment times and goals for therapy will be discussed and agreed at the first session.

Face to face or Telephone counselling?

Telephone counselling was introduced during the pandemic and has proved to be a very effective way of delivering therapy. Face to face sessions have recommenced at the hospice but telephone counselling can be a better option for people who find it difficult to attend in person.

Why trust us?
The counsellors at Rossendale Hospice are highly qualified and experienced psychotherapists. As a BACP Accredited Counselling and Psychotherapy Service we are bound the Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.

If you would like further information please download the leaflet below or:
Call Admin on 01706 393 870
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would fund a course of counselling sessions for a bereaved adult or child. That could be funded by a regular giving amount of £15 per month per year.

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